With lockdowns easing in some parts of Europe, Lufthansa is attempting to take advantage of the pent-up travel demand, with services to Spain and Mexico on the horizon.
The airline has reported bookings are up for Mallorca by 80%, The Canary Islands by 20% and Mexico by 50%
The airline is responding to the increased demand and has almost doubled the number of offered flights. In total, Lufthansa will be offering around 1,200 European flights from March to April – or around a 200% boost out of Munich and a 50% increase out of the Frankfurt hub (compared with this week).
With an 80% increase to Spain, the airline has increased coverage to the Canary Islands, with each island now having coverage from the airline.
The airline will double capacity from Munich to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura for Easter, whilst Frankfurt will gain a 50% uplift in capacity to Gran Canaria and Tenerife.
Mallorca is a major point of growth, with high demand to that destination. Lufthansa will boost its flight to the sun-spot, with 11 flights a week from Munich (up from 2) and 20 flights a week (up from six) for the Easter Season.
Outside the islands, Valencia and Málaga are heavily booked over Easter.
For those who can travel further afield, Cancun (Mexico) is operating daily, whilst San José in Costa Rica is boosted to five times a week,
The pent-up demand – tourism driving the recovery
It’s pretty clear people in many nations are wanting to travel again – or at least escape to the sun to get away from their local problems for a few days – with Lufthansa putting in some extra resources to get passengers on their way to sun and sand.
And that demand is there in Europe, with some parts emerging from lockdown and other parts loosening their travel policies. This will continue as other countries let their citizens travel.
With business travel still sedated, tourism and holidays are where airlines are hoping to make money this season.
The concerns will be transmission whilst aboard, as well as importing cases. with counties operating their own entry and quarantines regulations – and these won’t be able to be skipped if you’re in a position to travel (as we seem to be a long way from COVID passports yet).
As the months proceed ahead, travellers will need to be on their toes when they consider travel, along with entry requirements and return requirements for each country they travel in, along with enough PPE and paperwork.
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