Lufthansa to increase flight operations to the Middle East
Lufthansa Group has announced that it will be increasing its flight operations to the Middle East from October. Lufthansa German Airlines will increase its capacity from four flights per week from Dubai to Frankfurt, to five flights per week as of October 2020.
In addition, SWISS is set to restart its services from Dubai to Zurich with three flights per week beginning on the 29th of October 2020, further boosting connectivity between the two destinations. The new SWISS Dubai–Zurich service will depart on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, while Zurich–Dubai flights will run on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Dubai–Zurich flights will depart at 01:55 hrs and arrive at 06:10 hrs, and Zurich–Dubai flights depart at 21:50 hrs and arrive at 07:00 hrs (+1). The flights have been introduced as part of Lufthansa Group’s winter schedule to cater to continuing growth in demand for intercontinental travel.
SWISS and Edelweiss have jointly decided to rearrange services from Muscat to Zurich. SWISS previously operated a triangular flight to Zurich from Muscat via Dubai. This will be replaced by a non-stop Muscat to Zurich flight from Edelweiss, which will run once per week starting from the 8th of November 2020. The Muscat-Zurich service will depart every Sunday at 9:50 hrs and arrive at 14:10 hrs. The Zurich-Muscat flight will operate every Friday at 21:30 hrs and arrive at 07:00 hrs (+1).
Heinrich Lange, Senior Director Sales, Gulf, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Lufthansa Group, commented: “We are pleased to unveil details of our winter schedule between our hubs Frankfurt and Zurich and the Middle East. Recent steady increases in passenger numbers signal a growing confidence in the safety of air travel. In line with this encouraging rise in demand, we aim to bring our customers multiple options that offer greater choice and convenience while maintaining the highest standards of safety at all times. It’s wonderful to see travellers taking to the skies again and we look forward to connecting them to where they need to be in the months ahead.”
As part of its commitment to safeguarding the health and safety of its customers and team members, Lufthansa is continuing to implement stringent hygiene and safety protocols both on the ground and aboard its aircraft.
In addition, following Dubai governmental guidelines, Passengers are expected to wear a face mask and gloves during the entire journey and maintain social distancing at all times. Travellers are advised to consider the current entry and quarantine regulations at their final destinations. Passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test certificate at the check-in desk in both Dubai and Zurich to be allowed to travel. Certificates are valid for up to 96 hours from the time of testing. Travellers arriving more than four hours before their scheduled departure time will not be permitted to access the terminal building.
Passengers are also required to download the COVID19 – DXB Smart App, which ensures they will receive all the latest travel alerts and safety information.