(Yonhap Interview) Lufthansa eyes more flights to S. Korea on eased virus woes - Yonhap News

SEOUL, July 31 (Yonhap) — Lufthansa Group Airlines, Europe’s biggest airline group, will increase the number of flights between Incheon and German cities, as the new coronavirus outbreak in Europe appears to have passed its peak, a Lufthansa executive said.

Lufthansa resumed three flights a week from Incheon to Munich on June 24, as European countries began to ease entry restrictions in June.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought the German carrier’s two routes to Incheon from Munich and Frankfurt to a halt in mid-March due to virus fears.

“We are more than happy to be able to serve our Korean customers again and are satisfied to date with demand. As soon as circumstances allow it, we will increase the number of weekly flights between Korea and Germany,” Alejandro Arias, general manager of Lufthansa’s South Korean operations, said in a recent interview with Yonhap News Agency.

Given his comments, the Incheon-Frankfurt route is expected to normalize in the near future once the travel restrictions in the single economic bloc are eased.

Rapid tests for COVID-19 are available at the Munich and Frankfurt airports, and test results come out after three to four hours, according to Lufthansa.

To meet holiday and business demand, Lufthansa Group Airlines plans to serve 90 percent of all originally planned short-and medium-haul destinations and over 70 percent of the long-haul destinations by the end of October, he said.

“The unprecedented coronavirus crisis has affected the long-haul business of every airline worldwide since the end of March. But we are currently seeing signs of recovery,” the 56-year-old German native said.

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