United Airlines, Lufthansa to Resume Denver-Germany Flights Amid Coronavirus Restrictions

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Denver International Airport officials announced on Tuesday that non-stop service between Denver and Munich would resume next week, connecting the city with a European counterpart for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the Colorado.Lufthansa Airlines will operate from Munich to Denver on Sunday. The carrier will then fly from Denver to Munich on Monday, 224 days after the last flight between DIA and Europe on March 16, according to airport officials.

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.

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