Lufthansa resumes flights to 20 destinations from mid-June

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FILE PHOTO: Planes of the German carrier Lufthansa are parked on the tarmac as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues at Frankfurt airport in Germany on March 24, 2020. REUTERS / Ralph Orlowski / File Photo

FRANKFURT / BERLIN (Reuters) – Lufthansa (LHAG.DE), which is in talks with the German government on a 9 billion euro ($ 9.8 billion) bailout, will resume flights to 20 destinations from mid-June, including some hot spots holidays, a spokeswoman said on Sunday.

Destinations include Mallorca, Crete, Rhodes, Faro, Venice, Ibiza and Malaga, said the spokeswoman, adding that flights would take off from the airline’s main hub in Frankfurt.

Other destinations will be announced at the end of next week, she said.

Bild am Sonntag first reported on the new destinations.

The flight expansion comes less than two weeks after Lufthansa unveiled plans to resume flights to destinations such as Los Angeles, Toronto and Mumbai from June, as it begins to restore activities that have been virtually closed by the coronavirus crisis.

The airline said on Thursday that it was in advanced talks with the German government over the sale of a 20% stake in exchange for the injection of cash. Bild am Sonntag, without citing sources, said the loan is expected to be repaid in late 2023.

In an interview with ZDF public broadcaster Sunday, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said that Lufthansa will have to repay the loan as soon as it makes a profit.

“It may take a few years. Nobody knows in advance, “he said.

Report by Christoph Steitz and Ralf Bode; Editing by Mark Potter and Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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