German airline says bookings of flights to US by Europeans are booming
Bookings for flights from European cities to the United States have skyrocketed in recent weeks since U.S. officials warned that the travel ban for vaccinated travelers would be lifted in early November, Germany’s largest airline Lufthansa said in a report. communicated.
According to the airline, just a week after the United States announced its decision to lift the travel ban, Lufthansa Group airlines have seen an increase in flight bookings for the United States, which on certain days , have tripled compared to the previous week.
In addition, the airline stresses that demand for some routes has almost reached pre-crisis levels.
“Flights with SWISS from Zurich and Lufthansa from Frankfurt to New York and from Frankfurt and Zurich to Miami recorded the highest number of bookings from leisure and business travelers. In Premium Economy, Business and First Class, more tickets to the United States were purchased than in the same period in 2019», Notes the press release.
The US administration announced on September 20 the end of the travel ban in force for more than a year and a half now for travelers from countries in the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland and from several other non-European countries, for people who have been vaccinated. .
Immediately afterwards, Lufthansa announced a 40% increase in the number of flights booked to the United States. According to the airline, the increase has also occurred since “The airlines of the Lufthansa group are optimally prepared for the reopening. “
In order to meet demand, the Lufthansa Group launched several other flights to the United States, including a combination of three daily flights to Miami in November.
Increased demand for “Christmas flights”
After thousands of families and couples spent last Christmas separately, the removal of the travel ban in the United States has raised hopes that this year’s Christmas will be a Christmas of togetherness.
According to Lufthansa, the demand for travel to New York during the Christmas period has prompted the airline to consider further expansion of services to the US state in the near term.
“Last week’s new bookings for this month were as high as they were for 2019 for the same period. Flights to New York – traditionally in high demand during the Christmas season – have already been bolstered by additional connections“, notes the airline.
He also explains that up to 55 new weekly connections have been set up between European countries such as Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, and New York.
Due to the increase in demand, the airline is also increasing the number of German domestic flights by 45% from this month.
Data revealed by Statista, a German company specializing in market and consumer data, shows that Lufthansa had a difficult year due to the 2020 pandemic. Throughout the year, the company carried 75% of fewer passengers than in 2019 and generated only € 13.6 billion, compared to € 36.4 billion in 2019.