United Airlines plans to resume non-stop service to Frankfurt on November 2. The two airlines, which operate a transatlantic joint venture, will then operate service between Denver and the two German destinations three times a week in November, according to airport officials.
“The resumption of service in Germany on United and Lufthansa marks an important step in our continued recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” DIA CEO Kim Day said in a statement. “These flights will provide access to local passengers and travelers who need to connect through our extensive network of hubs.”
Connecting destinations will be essential for US travelers. Germany is one of the countries in the European Union which prevents most US citizens from entering the country. COVID-19 cases are increasing in Europe as well as Denver.
In Tuesday’s press release, DIA officials urged travelers to check local restrictions before flying and provided a link to the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 information page in Germany which can be found here: de.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information.
As the page states, US visitors are exempt from travel restrictions if they are passing through and planning to leave Germany immediately en route to another destination. For the most part, US citizens are prohibited from entering the country unless they can demonstrate an urgent need for their visit as defined by the German government.Frankfurt is Lufthansa’s main hub and serves many other countries. Denver has become United’s largest hub amid the pandemic, and the airline is adding return flights here in October and November faster than its other hubs, officials said on Tuesday.
“The Lufthansa Group is committed to connecting passengers and serving as a bridge between continents,” said Larry Ryan, senior director of US sales for the airline, in Tuesday’s press release. “We are particularly excited to resume service for our Denver-based customers as we expand our network connections to the benefit of all travelers in the area.”