Lufthansa Group has announced that its airlines plan to reduce flight capacity by up to 50 percent amid the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, which has decimated demand.
The definitive level of reduction depends on ‘further development of demand’. It will apply to all passenger airlines of the group, including Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines and low-cost carrier Eurowings. This would inevitably lead to the grounding of even more aircraft than initially announced. In total, the Lufthansa Group operates around 750 passenger airplanes.
Furthermore, Lufthansa says that it is considering to temporarily ground its fleet of 14 Airbus A380. The German flag-carrier operates the world’s largest passenger airliner at both its Frankfurt and Munich hubs.
The company states that these steps are part of its effort to reduce financial impact of the drop in demand, caused by the global Coronavirus crisis. Previously, Lufthansa Group had offered its employees to take unpaid leave and part-time work, and froze the hiring of new staff.
Multiple other airlines around the world have also, in varying depth, decided to suspend selected non-China flights, due to weakened bookings. This has led some, mostly those based in Asia, to ground parts of their fleets.
Jakob Wert is an aviation journalist from Germany. He built up the website IFN.news and is the Editor-In-Chief of International Flight Network.