Lufthansa Turns Munich into its Asian Hub

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Summer 2019 will see Lufthansa adding a daily frequency on the Munich-Bangkok route as the airline plans to focus its Southern hub into a gateway into Asia.

The Lufthansa Executive Board decided to accelerate its growth at its Munich location and develop the Bavarian capital into a hub with a focus on Asia. Munich is a very convenient airport and is well received among Asian travellers, generally better than Frankfurt, seen as a more complicated gateway.

Lufthansa Group anticipates high single-digit year-over-year growth for the network airlines at this hub for 2019. In addition to increased frequencies in the flights offered from Munich to Seoul and Singapore. Summer 2019 will see the first ever daily connection from Munich to Bangkok. These flights can be booked as of 4 October 2018. #

To further strengthen the portfolio of flights to Asia, the connection to Osaka (Japan) will be moved from Frankfurt to Munich. The airline launched this September a daily flight to Hong Kong with its brand-new Airbus A350.

The transfer of five Airbus A380 aircraft from Frankfurt to Munich in Summer 2018 was very well received on the market and has been a resounding success. In view of these results, Lufthansa is considering transferring additional A380 aircraft from Frankfurt to Munich in 2020. Three Airbus A320 are being moved from the Frankfurt hub to Munich to support the expansion of feeder traffic while three smaller Bombardier CRJ900 will be transferred from Munich to Frankfurt in exchange.

As a “5-Star” location, Munich will also be reinforced with additional First Class offerings. To support this, the majority of the Frankfurt-based A340-600 fleet will be moved to Munich.

A statement from Lufthansa said: “The strategic focus of the Frankfurt hub will continue to be on optimising the destination mix in terms of increased quality.

“Lufthansa will curb its growth at this hub in order to improve on-time ratings and operational stability. For 2019, Lufthansa Group anticipates low single-digit year-over-year growth for the network airlines at this hub.”

Harry Hohmeister, member of the group’s executive board, added it was “growing where the cost and quality are right”.

“This is also why we are waiting until next summer to decide, based on the development of the hubs, where the new Boeing 777-9 aircraft will be taking off from as of 2020,” he said.