Airlines Lufthansa to end Berlin-New York flights

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According to German media, Lufthansa will stop operating flights from the former Air Berlin hub Berlin Tegel to New York JFK in the next weeks.

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Five months after the German airlines has commenced flights from Berlin-Tegel to New York JFK, Lufthansa will close its long-haul base in Berlin in the next weeks. Lufthansa has taken over the route from its former competitor Air Berlin and planned to transfer it to its low cost subsidiary Eurowings in summer 2018. According to the media report, this plan was cancelled now. Due to unavailable attractive slots, Eurowings will not take off from Berlin. Similar to Air Berlin, Lufthansa has reported that the flights from the German capital to New York were unprofitable. The carrier operated an Airbus A330-300 with a three-class configuration with Business, Premium Economy and Economy.

Now, only the US carrier Delta Air Lines and United Airlines offer direct flight connections between Berlin and New York. United Airlines connects Berlin-Tegel with Newark on daily flights and Delta Air Lines offers seasonal flights from May to October to JFK.

Lufthansa will focus on offering flights with a stop at its hubs in Frankfurt/Main and Munich. Eurowings will commence JFK flights from the other former Air Berlin hub Düsseldorf in late April 2018. As Lufthansa and United Airlines are part of Star Alliance and the A++ transatlantic joint venture, both carriers are not interested in competing on direct flights between Berlin and New York. Therefore, Eurowings flights from Berlin-Tegel to the second airport Newark, which could have available slots, is not an alternative for the Lufthansa Group.

As Eurowings will take over nearly every single former long-haul flight from Air Berlin in Düsseldorf in the next months, Berlin Tegel has not found successors for the Air Berlin long-haul network. Beside New York, Air Berlin offered flights to Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and to several destinations in the Caribbean.


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