Lufthansa resumes flights to tourist destinations in JuneEuropost
Lufthansa announced plans to restart its service across Europe with special focus on tourist destinations. By mid-June the company will start flying to 20 vacation hotspots, including Mallorca, Crete, Rhodes, Faro, Venice, Ibiza and Malaga. All flights are planned to depart from Frankfurt. The airline is expected to announce further destinations by the end of the week.
Lufthansa has grounded 95% of its fleet and has closed its Germanwings budget subsidiary due to travel and border restrictions imposed to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The airline is in talks with the German government over a potential €9bn bailout. The deal would include the German government taking a 20% stake in the airline group, which includes Austrian Airlines, Swiss International, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings, and two seats on the group's supervisory board.
According to Bild am Sonntag, the loan will have to be repaid by 2023. The bailout has been held up thus far because of reported disagreements in the German government over what the financial aid package should look like. Members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right CDU party want to give Lufthansa financial protection without influencing managerial decisions, while the left-leaning Green and Left parties are not fans of forking over cash and not having a say.
Rival airlines such as the Franco-Dutch group Air France-KLM and US carriers American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines have also sought state aid.