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Lufthansa: Flights to Asia again considerably increased

Good news for Lufthansa passengers: Lufthansa is considerably increasing its offer of services to Asia as of the end of…

Good news for Lufthansa passengers: Lufthansa is considerably increasing its offer of services to Asia as of the end of July and will then again reach the level prior to the outbreak of the SARS crisis on the routes from Frankfurt to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The number of the frequencies from Frankfurt to Beijing will already be increased by 40 percent as of 28 July. The Chinese capital will then once again be served with daily flights from Frankfurt. As of 12 September, instead of the smaller Airbus A340, the route will be served by a Boeing 747, so that the seat capacity of the aircraft will also increase.

With three weekly flights from Munich to Shanghai, as of 2 September, Lufthansa will also extend another important part of its Asia program. Lufthansa passengers will thus also benefit from an even wider range of flights from the new modern Terminal 2 in Munich. `Asia is the most important future market for business and an attractive tourist destination. The demand in the Asian traffic is increasing again and Lufthansa is responding rapidly and flexibly to offer passengers an optimal range of flights from our hubs in Frankfurt and Munich`, said Lufthansa German Airlines Executive Vice President Thierry Antinori in Beijing on Monday.

Lufthansa leads the European Airlines in the Asia traffic. `We want to retain and further develop this strength and take advantages of growth opportunities. That particularly applies to our leading position in the traffic to and from China`, said Antinori.

Antinori pointed out that the Munich hub has very high acceptance from passengers. That has also been the result of the first three weeks in the new terminal. Munich is increasingly becoming a `gate to the world for travellers`, according to Antinori, who pointed out that with the start of operations in Terminal 2, Munich has been promoted to the first division of European airports.

`In the meantime, Munich has become the home airport for many passengers, among others, from Italy, western Austria and Switzerland`, said Antinori. Lufthansa`s high standard of quality can be experienced by customers in a special way in the new Terminal 2. `A dense network of flights, the shortest transit times in Europe and a very attractive environment for travellers, are key advantages of our flights from Munich.`

The Frankfurt – Beijing service departs daily at 17.25 hrs. The return flight from Beijing arrives in Frankfurt at 14.30 hrs. The Airbus A 340 from Munich to Shanghai departs on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 21.05 hrs. The return flight arrives in Munich at 5.40 hrs. Flights from Munich to Shanghai can be booked as of Tuesday, 22 July.

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