Tourism Industry News
Frankfurt Airport is a gateway to 304 destinations in 106 cuntries
Effective March 29 when Europe changes to daylight saving time, Frankfurt Airport’s Summer Timetable 2009 will feature 4,400 passenger and 210 cargo flight departures per week. This represents a slight 4.0 percent reduction in the number of flight offerings compared to last year’s summer schedule. However, passenger flights will decline by only 3.4 percent and intercontinental traffic will slip by only 0.6 percent – remaining almost at the same level as in 2008.
Absent from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) for many years, Pakistan International Airlines will reintroduce scheduled services twice a week to Lahore and Karachi, while Air Seychelles will fly once a week to Mahe, the capital of this island nation in the Indian Ocean. Air India is extending its daily Mumbai-Frankfurt and Delhi-Frankfurt flights to New York (Newark) and Chicago. Air India has recently designated FRA as its European hub. Condor will suspend its flights this summer to Recife, Brazil. Eritrean Airlines will cancel its weekly connection to Asmara, thus ending its service to Germany completely. However, Lufthansa will continue serving the Eritrean capital thrice weekly via Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, Lufthansa will offer nonstop flights from FRA to Ethiopia’s capital of Addis Ababa in the Horn of Africa.
In European traffic, the Belgian-based carrier VLM will fly to FRA for the first time, offering 17 flights per week to the new destination Antwerp on the North Sea coast. Lufthansa will add two new Polish destinations to its FRA timetable: Rzeszow five times per week and Poznan daily. Sun Express will offer daily flights to the new Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. Carpatair will discontinue its service to Timisoara, Romania, thus ending its representation in Frankfurt. Estonian Air will also stop flying to FRA this summer, but Lufthansa will continue to offer daily flights to the Estonian capital of Tallinn. Air France will delete Lyon from its FRA schedule, but the French metropolis will remain linked to FRA via four daily Lufthansa flights.
Particularly noteworthy will be Lufthansa’s expansion of flight offerings to the Arabian Peninsula from 30 to 47 connections per week. At the start of the 2009 Summer Timetable, Lufthansa will serve the Saudi Arabian cities of Jeddah and Riyadh with daily nonstop connections. Flights to Muscat, Oman, will also be offered this summer via Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.