The Lufthansa Group has previously announced significant flight cuts as a result of the growing severity of the coronavirus pandemic. Today, the Group announced that it would be cutting a further 23,000 flights from its schedule.
Today the World Health Organization officially classed the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic. The announcement comes as the total number of confirmed cases reached 121,564. Additionally, the number of deaths has now surpassed 4,000, however, over half of those infected have recovered. As a result of the outbreak, demand for air travel around the world has plummeted. This has led to a swathe of flight cancellations across the globe.
The latest cancellations
Today the Lufthansa Group announced an additional swathe of flight cancellations. Last week we reported that the airline had canceled up to 50% of its schedule along with grounding its Airbus A380s. However, this week the airline has gone one step further, completely ripping up its planned April services.
The Lufthansa Group today announced that it would cancel some 23,000 flights during April. This affects a number of short-, medium-, and long-haul services. The period affected by the cancelations is the 29th of March to the 24th of April. However, the airline additionally warned that “Further cancellations are expected in the coming weeks.”
However, the Group is keen to not disrupt connectivity while it is being forced to cut capacity. In a press release sent to Simple Flying, the Group said:
The capacity adjustments mainly affect Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In the cancellations, care will be taken to ensure that all destinations on all continents can be reached with a Lufthansa Group airline via the hubs of Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels.
If you did have a flight booked during this period, the advice is to check the flight status online. Additionally, make sure that the airline has up-to-date contact details in case anything does change moving forward.
The most severe cancellations
Several destinations have been particularly badly hit by flight cancellations by the Lufthansa Group. Firstly, the Group suspended flights to China which has so far been the worst hit by the coronavirus.
Additionally, all flights to Israel have been canceled due to strict entry restrictions to the country including mandatory quarantines. Finally, the entirety of Italy has been placed under lockdown. This has forced airlines such as British Airways and Ryanair to cancel all flights to the country.
One of the most severe actions that the airline group has taken was to ground its entire fleet of Airbus A380s. Unfortunately, the A380 requires a high load factor to justify its use. In the current travel climate, this isn’t available. Along with Lufthansa, Qantas, Korean Air, and China Southern have also grounded Airbus A380s.
Have you been affected by Lufthansa’s huge flight cuts yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.