About a week after plans by the US to end travel restrictions were announced, Lufthansa is experiencing a further boom for flights to the United States.
On certain days in the last week, flights across the Atlantic increased three-fold over the week before.
Demand in the last week on certain routes almost reached pre-pandemic levels.
Flights with SWISS from Zurich and Lufthansa from Frankfurt to New York and from Frankfurt and Zurich to Miami had the highest bookings from both leisure and business travellers.
In Premium Economy, Business and First Class, more tickets to the US were bought than in the same period in 2019.
Lufthansa Group is meeting this boom in pent-up demand by launching additional flights to the USA on short notice.
Lufthansa and SWISS, for example, will be offering a combined total of three daily flights to Miami on short notice starting in November.
There is very strong demand for flights to the US for the coming December.
New bookings in the past week for this month were as high as they were for 2019 for the same time period. Flights to New York – traditionally in high demand during the Christmas season – have already been bolstered with additional connections.
The airlines of the Lufthansa Group are offering up to 55 weekly connections to New York from their various European hubs in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland in December.
A further short-term expansion of services is currently under consideration.
Alone to New York and Chicago, Lufthansa Group airlines offer more daily connections from Europe in November than flights to the entire Asia-Pacific region.
Lufthansa Group expects that the opening of the US to vaccinated EU travellers will be a signal for other countries and regions to make international air travel easier again and roll back travel restrictions.