The Lufthansa Group says it is seeing bookings for flights to the United States rise three-fold, following news that the US is planning to ease travel restrictions in November, although no firm date for the new policy has been announced yet.
“On certain days in the last week, flights across the Atlantic increased three-fold over the week before,” according to the airline group. Swiss and Lufthansa services to New York and Miami saw the highest bookings among both business and leisure travelers, the company said.
Premium economy, business and first class sales to the US all rose on the news, Lufthansa pointed out, stating that more tickets had been bought in these cabins than in the same period in 2019.
In response, the group announced it is adding more short-term services to the US, including a total of three daily flights to Miami with either Lufthansa or Swiss in November. In December Lufthansa Group airlines will offer up to 55 weekly connections from Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland to New York. The group said it is also considering further expanding short-term services in the future.
Furthermore, the growing demand is prompting Lufthansa Group to increase its German domestic flights to and from its European hubs to allow for connections to the US.
From October there will be nine daily flights between Frankfurt and Berlin, eight daily services between Frankfurt and Hamburg, seven daily flights between Munich and Berlin, and 11 daily services between Munich and Hamburg.
Lufthansa will also operate hourly morning and evening flights from Hamburg and Berlin to Frankfurt and Munich from next month.