Lufthansa’s new holiday-focused subsidiary, Eurowings Discover, will scale up operations faster than expected this year, starting in late July with a flight from Frankfurt to Mombasa, Kenya, the airline said.
Germany’s national carrier said Eurowings Discover will have a fleet of 11 aircraft this year, which will grow to 21 by the middle of next year, including 10 Airbus A320s and 11 A330s from its existing fleet.
Previously, it had only planned to launch around six planes this year and focus on long-haul routes, unlike Eurowings, Lufthansa’s European budget airline.
Now, Eurowings Discover has decided to add short and medium-haul destinations such as the Canary Islands, Egypt and Morocco from November, in addition to long-haul destinations such as the Dominican Republic, Cuba or Mauritius.
As it seeks to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, Lufthansa is focusing on vacation flights, as it expects more lucrative business travel to recover more slowly.
Eurowings Discover is expected to initially employ around 350 people.
Germans are booking vacations again at higher rates than in 2019 before the coronavirus hits, said TUI Group, the world’s largest vacation group.
European Union countries agreed last week to ease travel restrictions over the summer that will allow fully vaccinated tourists to avoid testing or quarantines and expand the list of regions in the world. ‘EU from which it is safe to travel.
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