Coronavirus: Lufthansa resumes flights to Toronto in June


FRANKFURT – Lufthansa plans to resume flights to destinations such as Los Angeles, Toronto and Mumbai next month as it begins to restore some of the capacity anchored by the coronavirus crisis, the German airline said on Thursday.

The group’s discontinued airlines will operate approximately 1,800 weekly flights to 130 destinations by the end of June, Lufthansa said in a statement. Its shares rose 2.4%, the largest gain on the German benchmark DAX.

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The announcement comes as carriers plan to return the aircraft to service in a climate of uncertainty over passenger demand, new health rules being developed and quarantine measures in certain markets. Airlines’ capacity increased 0.8% in Western Europe this week, according to BVG data.

“People want and can travel again, whether on vacation or on business,” said Lufthansa sales manager Harry Hohmeister in the group statement. Tickets for the new routes available went on sale Thursday.

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Lufthansa, its German airline, will restore services to Frankfurt and a smaller number from Munich when it returns to European destinations, including Mallorca, as well as 13 intercontinental routes.

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The SWISS, Eurowings and Brussels Airlines subsidiaries are also restoring certain flights. Lufthansa announced plans to pilot more aircraft in June last week.

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The airline group is negotiating a 9 billion euro ($ 9.7 billion) bailout package with Germany’s economic stabilization fund to cope with the pandemic and what should be a prolonged slowdown in journeys in its wake.

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