Sunday, October 07, 2018

Indian aviation sector is vibrant, country a strategic market: Lufthansa

The Indian aviation sector is very vibrant and the country is one of the strategic markets for Lufthansa, which is constantly evaluating opportunities to expand capacity here, according to top officials of the German carrier. "We have many connections between various Indian cities and Europe and we are connecting India with the world via our hubs... we are focussing specifically on customers from India to international markets via Europe," Heike Birlenbach,Senior Vice President Sales Lufthansa Hub Airlines and Chief Commercial Officer Hub Frankfurt, told in an interview.

Lufthansa Group serves 343 destinations in 103 countries, offering 15,415 weekly frequencies. In India, it operates 62 weekly flights to New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Pune from its Frankfurt and Munich hubs.

"On those 62 frequencies, we have seen lately that there is a trend that more and more Indians, originating in India, are on that flight. Usually you have a balance between people originating on the other side, either in Europe or the US or Canada, but now there are more and more people originating in India in our flights," Birlenbach said.
According to Birlenbach, the German carrier sends its most modern aircraft -- Airbus A350 -- from Munich to New Delhi. Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8 aircraft are also sent to India.
07/10/18 PTI/Economic Times

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