Lufthansa resumed Frankfurt to Edinburgh on March 25th, one of 12 routes the airline will operate to the UK this year. This is down from 31 back in 2012, and is due to some big changes.
Lufthansa resumed Frankfurt to Edinburgh on March 25th, with the 643-mile service initially operating six-weekly before it ramps up to 12-weekly later this year. Embraer 190s and CRJ-900s will operate for now, but these will be gradually changed to A319s and A320s as summer progresses.
The schedule settles down later
With a block time of up to two hours to Edinburgh, the schedule varies greatly this first week, although it becomes much more consistent later. The initial schedule is:
- Monday, Wednesday: 10:10-11:05
- Thursday, Saturday: 14:05-15:05
- Friday: 07:20-08:20
- Sunday: 16:00-16:55
- Monday, Wednesday: 11:50-14:40
- Thursday, Saturday: 15:45-18:35
- Friday: 09:00-11:50
- Sunday: 17:40-20:30
86% load factor to Edinburgh
OAG data indicates that Lufthansa had almost 247,000 two-way seats on Frankfurt-Edinburgh in 2019. And with approximately 212,000 passengers, the route had a seat load factor of ~86%.
Just over four in ten passengers were point-to-point (not traveling beyond Edinburgh or Frankfurt), while almost six connected over Lufthansa’s hub. Rome was the top destination, followed closely by Vienna and then Zurich, Munich, and Bremen. Indeed, Germany was by far the leading connecting country, with nearly twice as many passengers as Italy, second.
Around 80% of passengers connected within Europe, with Beijing the largest non-European origin and destination.
Lufthansa had 31 UK routes in 2012
Lufthansa’s UK network (mainline and CityLine) has changed significantly. Back in 2012, there were 31 routes to the UK, which involved 11 airports across the UK and the Channel Islands and eight in Germany.
Come 2019, Lufthansa’s UK network reduced to just 12 routes, aided by the growth of Germanwings and then Eurowings and Lufthansa’s greater focus on core Frankfurt and Munich. Simple Flying recently showed that Eurowings will fly between Spain and the UK this summer.
Lufthansa’s own UK network in 2012 comprised:
- Aberdeen: Frankfurt
- Birmingham: Berlin Tegel; Düsseldorf; Frankfurt; Hamburg; Munich
- Edinburgh: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt
- Inverness: Düsseldorf
- Jersey: Düsseldorf; Hamburg; Munich
- London City: Frankfurt, Munich
- London Gatwick: Frankfurt
- London Heathrow: Berlin Tegel; Cologne; Dresden; Düsseldorf; Frankfurt; Hamburg; Munich; Stuttgart
- Manchester: Berlin Tegel; Düsseldorf; Frankfurt; Hamburg; Munich; Stuttgart
- Newcastle: Düsseldorf
- Newquay: Düsseldorf
Dresden is interesting
After British Airways ended Gatwick to Dresden in 2008, bmi took it up from Heathrow in 2010 using A319s on behalf of Lufthansa. Lufthansa then began it using CRJ-900s before it ended in 2012. Seizing the opportunity, CityJet served Dresden from London City between 2013 and 2015, with Ryanair serving the German airport from Stansted in 2019. Talk about a chequered history!
12 UK routes in 2021
Lufthansa will have 12 UK routes this year from Frankfurt (eight routes) and Munich (four). As you’d expect, Heathrow to Frankfurt is top, followed by Heathrow to Munich.
Routes to Bristol and Newcastle will begin on June 28th and be seven-weekly each.