Lufthansa to merge regional carriers

Lufthansa to merge regional carriers

Photo by Jochen Tack
Photo by Jochen Tack

Lufthansa has announced plans to merge two of its domestic and regional subsidiaries; Germanwings and Lufthansa Direct Services.

Lufthansa Direct Services, which operates all of Lufthansa’s domestic and European flights outside Frankfurt and Munich, will be merged Cologne-based low-cost carrier Germanwings from 1 January 2013. The new company, which will be headquartered in Cologne, will operate a fleet of approximately 90 aircraft on routes in Germany and Europe.

“Combining our domestic German and European point-to-point services has enormous potential to improve efficiency,” said Lufthansa’s CEO & Chairman, Christoph Franz. “Our aim is to once again fly these services profitably under the umbrella of a single company. This means we are continuing to offer our guests the prospect of a dense, high-quality network even outside of our Frankfurt and Munich hubs.”

Lufthansa said the name of the new merged entity would be revealed at a later date.

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