Christian Schindler has been named as Lufthansa’s new UK & Ireland general manager after Marianne Sammann was transferred to Munich.

Schindler, who has worked for the airline for more than 20 years and was previously the airline’s general manager for Korea, started at the airline’s Heathrow base yesterday (Wednesday).

He said: “I am taking over at an exciting time, with Lufthansa having recently started new services from Aberdeen and London Gatwick as well as announcing new daily services to Berlin from Manchester and Birmingham as part of a major investment at the new Berlin-Brandenburg “Willy Brandt” Airport which is due to open in June 2012.

“In the current economic climate, this expansion demonstrates Lufthansa’s commitment to continue to enhance the offering to our passengers across the UK and Ireland.

“By currently offering over 500 flights each week from nine of the UK & Ireland’s leading airports we are able to offer our passengers almost seamless worldwide travel.”