—Lufthansa Group recently announced a number of new transatlantic connections which will launch next summer. The expansion affects both Lufthansa out of Munich and Eurowings—Lufthansa’s low cost brand—out of both Munich and Frankfurt. (Lufthansa’s corporate headquarters are in Cologne, but its operations base and primary hub are at Frankfurt Airport, and its secondary hub is at Munich Airport.)
—As of June 1, 2020, Lufthansa will launch 6 weekly flights between Munich and Seattle. These flights will operate with the following schedule every day except Thursdays: This will complement Lufthansa’s existing Frankfurt to Seattle flight.
—And, as of May 4, 2020, Lufthansa will launch 5 weekly flights between Munich and Detroit. These flights will operate with the following schedule on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
—Starting April 6, 2020, Eurowings will launch 2 weekly flights between Munich and Las Vegas. These flights will operate on Mondays and Fridays, and will complement Eurowings’ existing Dusseldorf to Las Vegas flight, as well as the Frankfurt to Las Vegas route that they are beginning as of October 2019.
—On April 7, 2020, Eurowings will launch 3 weekly flights between Munich and Orlando. These flights will operate with the following on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays; this will complement Lufthansa’s existing Frankfurt to Orlando flight.
—As of April 29, 2020, Eurowings will launch 5 weekly flights between Frankfurt and Phoenix. These flights will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
—Beginning June 1, 2020, Eurowings will launch 3 weekly flights between Frankfurt and Anchorage on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Other new service that has recently begun includes the following:
—United Airlines has announced that it will start flying nonstop between four United States hubs and Tokyo’s close-in Haneda Airport on March 28 of next year. The four hubs are Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City/Newark and Washington, D.C. Tickets for the new service went on sale August 17. With the launch of flights to Haneda, United said that passengers headed for Tokyo from Chicago and Washington, D.C. no longer will have the option of flying nonstop into Narita. But flights from Houston, Los Angeles, New York City/Newark, Honolulu, Denver, Guam and San Francisco will continue to fly into Narita as the carrier shifts some operations to Haneda.
—Delta Air Lines will add daily nonstop flights from the Northeast to London’s Gatwick Airport next summer, in addition to resuming service to Manchester, England, and increasing its presence at Heathrow. The carrier will begin daily service to London Gatwick, located about 1.5 hours south of central London, from New York’s JFK International Airport on May 21 next spring and Boston’s Logan International Airport on May 22.
—Also, on May 21, Delta Air Lines will resume nonstop service Boston and Manchester.
—On March 29, Delta Air Lines will increase capacity to Heathrow by 15 percent with three daily flights including its first daytime flight between JFK and Heathrow. Its partner, Virgin Atlantic, will operate an additional five daily flights.
—Starting December 21, Delta Air Lines will offer daily service between JFK International in New York and El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia, starting Dec. 21. The new nonstop flight will operate year-round.
—American Airlines has launched new service from Philadelphia to Bologna, Italy and to and Berlin. The Berlin connection operates four times a week, as does the flight to Bologna.
—KLM has launched a nonstop transatlantic service between its hub in Amsterdam and Las Vegas.. The connection will operate on Thursdays and Sundays, with the flights expanding on the Air France-KLM KLM will be the sole operator of this route.
—United Airlines has begun daily service between Newark and Prague.
—TAP Air Portugal launched two new international routes from Lisbon. A Lisbon-San Francisco flight operates five times weekly, as does a new Lisbon-Washington Dulles connection.