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Lufthansa's Eurowings Holiday Unit To Ramp Up Its Operations Faster Than Expected

Published on Jun 21 2021 12:00 PM in General Industry tagged: Lufthansa / Holidays / Air Travel / Eurowings Discover

Lufthansa's Eurowings Holiday Unit To Ramp Up Its Operations Faster Than Expected

Lufthansa's new holiday flights-focused subsidiary, Eurowings Discover, will ramp up operations faster than expected this year, starting at the end of July with a flight from Frankfurt to Mombasa, Kenya, the airline has said.

The German flag carrier said Eurowings Discover will have a fleet of 11 aircraft this year, growing to 21 by the middle of next year, including 10 Airbus A320s and 11 A330s from its existing fleet.

Holiday Unit

Previously, it had only planned to launch about six planes this year and focus on long-haul routes, in contrast to Lufthansa's European low-cost airline Eurowings.

Now, Eurowings Discover has decided to add short and medium-haul destinations such as the Canary Islands, Egypt and Morocco from November, in addition to long-haul destinations such as the Dominican Republic, Cuba, or Mauritius.

As it seeks to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, Lufthansa is focusing on holiday flights, as it expects more lucrative business trips will recover more slowly.

Eurowings Discover is initially set to employ around 350 staff.

Germans are booking holidays again at rates higher than in 2019 before the coronavirus hit, TUI Group, the world's biggest holiday group, said.

European Union countries agreed last week to an easing of travel restrictions over summer that will allow fully vaccinated tourists to avoid tests or quarantines and broaden the list of EU regions from which it is safe to travel.

News by Reuters, edited for Hospitality Ireland by Conor Farrelly. Click subscribe to sign up for the Hospitality Ireland print edition.

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