More staff cuts for Lufthansa despite government bailout

Lufthansa Group announces June reactivation date, negotiates financing

COLOGNE — Deutsche Lufthansa is in negotiations to secure financing for the Lufthansa Group as news breaks that member airlines will fly to 106 destinations starting in June.

Negotiations are currently underway with the Federal Economic Stabilization Fund for a new stabilization package valued at 9 billion euros. Financing measures include a silent participation as well as a secured loan. A stake by the German government in the company’s share capital is also part of the negotiations.

Like airlines around the world, Lufthansa Group’s operations have been downsized, impacting the fleets of Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cityline, Eurowings, Germanwings, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines.

However, noting the “great desire and longing of people to travel again,” Lufthansa Group today announced that starting in June, Lufthansa, Eurowings and SWISS will be offering monthly flight schedules to more destinations in Germany and Europe than in the past few weeks. Repatriation schedules will officially end on May 31.

A total of 80 aircraft will be reactivated within the June timetable, meaning that 106 destinations, including Mallorca, Sylt, Rostock and Crete, will be served in the coming month.

Starting June 1, 160 of the Group’s passenger aircraft will be in service.

“We sense a great desire and longing among people to travel again. Hotels and restaurants are slowly opening, and visits to friends and family are in some cases being allowed again. With all due caution, we are now making it possible for people to catch up and experience what they had to do without for a long time. It goes without saying that the safety and health of our guests and employees are of the highest priority,” says Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of German Lufthansa AG.

Passengers are being asked to take the current entry and quarantine regulations of the respective destinations into account when planning their trip. Restrictions may be imposed due to stricter hygiene and security regulations. Catering services onboard will also remain restricted until further notice.

Passengers will also be asked to wear a mask during their entire journey. According to Lufthansa Group, the policy to wear a mouth-nose cover onboard introduced by its members airlines on May 4 has been “very positively received and accepted by guests.”

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