New Route of the Day (16 January 2024): Lufthansa between Frankfurt and Hyderabad
Lufthansa introduced its latest destination in India on Tuesday 16 January by inaugurating flights between Frankfurt and Hyderabad. The 7,125-kilometre service will be maintained 5-weekly, departing Frankfurt on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, with the 294-seat 787-9 aircraft. It faces no competition between the two cities.
Flight LH752 departs Frankfurt at 10:55 local time, arriving in Hyderabad at 23:55 local time. The inbound service, operating as flight LH753, takes of from India’s fourth=largest city at 01:55 local time on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, touching back down in Germany at 07:05 local time.
What they said
George Ettiyil, Senior Director – South Asia at the Lufthansa Group, said: “With our new Hyderabad – Frankfurt service we now offer Indian passengers 64 weekly flights to our hubs in Europe and onward connections to the biggest network on the European continent As we launch Hyderabad, our capacity to India has increased by 14% (relative to 2019), making it the fastest growing major market for Lufthansa. With Bangalore – Munich and now Hyderabad-Frankfurt services, we have launched two new routes in the past three months, recognising South India’s growing relevance and demonstrating the strong overall importance of India to the Lufthansa Group.”
Pradeep Panicker, CEO of GMR Hyderabad International Airport, added: “This connectivity will benefit travellers visiting Frankfurt as a transit point or for leisure trips and would open up multiple destinations in Europe, USA, Canada, and South America via Frankfurt. It has been our priority to connect our passengers to global destinations from the city of Hyderabad.”
Lufthansa now serves five cities in India
Hyderabad becomes the latest addition to Lufthansa’s India network, complementing Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, and Chennai. Other than Hyderabad and Chennai, which are operated exclusively out of Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub, the airline’s remaining destinations in India are served from Munich as well.
This winter season, Lufthansa has 16,620 departing seats per week from Germany to India. It maintains the most weekly capacity to Mumbai, followed by Delhi and Bengaluru.
Lufthansa anticipates strong transfer demand
In recent years, 40% of travellers from India to North America chose European airports as transit hubs. The convenient timing of Lufthansa’s new service aligns perfectly with this trend, offering efficient onward connections.
Between January and October 2023, nearly four million passengers travelled from Hyderabad to Europe, marking a 39% increase compared to the corresponding period in the previous year.
India ranks third globally in Schengen visa applications, with over 6.7 million applications made in 2022, signifying a strong desire for European travel among Indians.