By Cathy Elelman • 08 May 2020 • 16:51
GROWING INTEREST: Lufthansa said people have a longing to fly again.
CREDIT: es.wikipedia.org Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia
THE Lufthansa group of airlines has announced today Friday that that it will restart flights to more destinations in Germany and European destinations including Mallorca in June.
Lufthansa, Eurowings and Swiss are set to put 80 aircraft back into service, doubling the number they have been operating under the air transport restrictions.
In all the companies will be offering services to 106 destinations, which will also include the Greek island of Crete, from the beginning of next month.
The group said the decision was a response to a growing interest among customers for flights in view of the gradual easing of restrictions and limitations on travel in the German federal states and on entry requirements in other European countries.
“We perceive a great desire and longing among people to fly again,” commented Lufthansa Executive Board member Harry Hohmeister.
“The hotels and restaurants are slowly opening, and visits to friends and family are being allowed in some countries,” he pointed out.
The group cautioned however that customers will have to check the restrictions in place in the countries they are planning to travel to before they plan their trips. It also made it clear it will be demanding all passengers wear masks on board and that restrictions on services like serving onboard meals will remain in place.
The news comes a few days after Germany’s tourism chief said he believed Germans might be able to take summer holidays in Mallorca this summer.
Federal tourism commissioner Thomas Bareiss told Der Tagesspiegel newspaper on Tuesday that if the coronavirus pandemic remained under control it would be possible to relax travel restrictions on citizens in the next four to eight weeks.
Bareiss did say it would be easier for Germans to take their holidays in countries they could drive to, but added, “I would not yet write off other regions in Europe, such as the Balearic islands or the Greek islands.”
The Lufthansa group said it will be issuing more details on flight times next week.
Share this story
Subscribe to our Euro Weekly News alerts to get the latest stories into your inbox!
By signing up, you will create a Euro Weekly News account if you don’t already have one. Review our
Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Download our media pack in either English or Spanish.