Lufthansa Group airlines are “significantly” stepping up services over the summer as Covid-19 travel restrictions are relaxed.

As many as 90% of all originally planned short- and medium-haul destinations and 70% of long-haul destinations will be served again by September.

The increase in services follows the carrier securing a €9 billion German government bailout.

Lufthansa aims to fly more than 100 times a week to destinations in North America via its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich in the autumn.

Around 90 flights a week are also planned to Asia, 20 to the Middle East and over 25 to Africa.

Destinations on the revised network include Windhoek, Nairobi, Beirut, Riyadh, Houston, Boston, Vancouver, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Lufthansa will offer a total of 1,800 weekly connections from September comprising 102 destinations from Frankfurt and 88 from Munich, including Malaga, Alicante, Valencia, Naples, Rhodes, Palermo, Faro, Madeira, Olbia, Dubrovnik and Reykjavik.

Sister airline Swiss plans to return to about 85% of the destinations it served before the coronavirus crisis in the autumn, with about one-third of its capacity on these routes.

The initial focus here will be on European services from Zurich and Geneva. Further long-haul destinations will also be reintroduced.

Low cost Eurowings is to run flights to 80% of its destinations this summer with a focus on holiday destinations such as Italy, Spain, Greece and Croatia as travel bans are lifted.

Austrian Airlines will re-establish long-haul flights in July  for the first time since mid-March to Bangkok, Chicago, New York (Newark) and Washington. The European network offer will also be expanded to include various routes, including flights to Greece.

Passengers taking Lufthansa and Eurowings flights will be obliged to wear mouth and nose coverings on board from June 8.

Lufthansa recommends that passengers wear a mouth-nose cover when travelling through the airport and whenever required minimum social distancing cannot be guaranteed.

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