Analysis: Resumption of transatlantic flights to Munich


Munich (MUC) is one of the main European airports and the five-star hub of Lufthansa. Throughout the pandemic, its operations have been affected by tough health regulations and border closures, which primarily affected intercontinental operations.

As travel restrictions were relaxed, Munich Airport (MUC) gradually resumed long-haul operations. During the 2021 summer season, the airport recorded 67 weekly flights to North America. Transatlantic travel is rapidly resuming thanks to the opening of the borders of countries such as the United States and Canada.

“Airline booking figures already show that passenger demand is on the rise. When we look back at the pandemic and the impact it had on global aviation over the following years, we may well remember November 8, 2021 as a key turning point, ”said Jost Lammers, CEO of Munich airport.

On December 1, the Munich Terminal 2 (MUC) satellite building partially reopened and was again deployed to serve a large portion of flights to the United States. Lufthansa has continued to increase its capacity in the transatlantic market, the airline offers more than 60 flights per week to 12 destinations in North America. Cities like Newark and Chicago are seeing bookings above 2019 levels; others with higher demand include Boston, New York and Los Angeles, and for the first time, service to Vancouver is maintained year round.

American Airlines was one of the last airlines to take over Munich. Photo: Munich Airport

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In December, US airlines reactivated much of their operations. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have resumed their services respectively from Charlotte and Atlanta to the Bavarian capital. United currently operates 28 flights per week from four destinations, Air Canada has increased its flights to 4 per week. During the winter season, the Condor leisure airline will offer flights to Punta Cana with two weekly frequencies.

For the summer season 2022, the main airport in the Bavarian capital will have new transatlantic destinations and increased frequencies from several operators.

Lufthansa will restore service to Rio de Janeiro and San Diego, California. The German airline will take over Airbus A340-600 operations and increase the Airbus A350 fleet from 17 to 21 aircraft.

Lufthansa has a large Airbus A350 base in Munich, and will soon be joined by Airbus A340-600s. Photo: Airbus

United will add a new route from Denver, increasing its services to 42 weekly flights to Munich (MUC), the largest offer in the company’s history to the Bavarian capital.

Eurowings Discover has announced its landing with long-haul flights to three transatlantic destinations: Las Vegas, Punta Cana and Cancun.

See also: Lufthansa Group launches new routes and destinations for Nordic summer 2022

The following schedule was obtained by Aviacionline via Cirium and reconfirmed by airline reservation systems. Subject to modifications due to the current health situation.

Timetable for the winter season 2021/2022

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Airlines companies Destinations Frequencies Airplane
Air Canada Toronto (YYZ), Canada 4 weekly flights Boeing 787-9
American Airlines Charlotte (CLT), United States of America 7 weekly flights Boeing 777-200ER
Condor Punta Cana (PUJ), Dominican Republic 2 weekly flights Boeing 767-300ER
Delta Atlanta (ATL), United States of America 4 weekly flights Boeing 767-300ER
Lufthansa Boston (BOS), United States of America 7 weekly flights Airbus A350-900
Lufthansa Charlotte (CLT), United States of America 3 weekly flights Airbus A350-900
Lufthansa Chicago / O’hare (ORD), United States 7 weekly flights Airbus A350-900
Lufthansa Mexico City (MEX) 3 weekly flights Airbus A350-900
Lufthansa Denver (DEN), United States of America 5 weekly flights Airbus A350-900
Lufthansa Los Angeles (LAX), United States of America 7 weekly flights Airbus A350-900
Lufthansa Miami (MIA), United States 7 weekly flights Airbus A350-900
Lufthansa Montreal (YUL), Canada 3 weekly flights Airbus A350-900
Lufthansa Newark (EWR), United States of America 7 weekly flights Airbus A350-900
Lufthansa New York (JFK), United States of America 5 weekly flights Airbus A350-900
Lufthansa San Francisco (SFO), United States 6 weekly flights Airbus A350-900
Lufthansa Vancouver (YVR), Canada 3 weekly flights Airbus A350-900
United airlines Chicago / O’hare (ORD), United States 7 weekly flights Boeing 787-8
United airlines Newark (EWR), United States of America 7 weekly flights Boeing 767-400ER
United airlines San Francisco (SFO), United States 7 weekly flights Boeing 787-8
United airlines Washington / Dulles (IAD), United States 7 weekly flights Boeing 787-8
United Airlines (resumed February 11) Houston (IAH), United States of America 5 weekly flights Boeing 767-300ER

See also: Delta Expands Transatlantic Operations By Summer 2022, Will Operate Over 70 Daily Flights.

New routes and retakes for the 2022 summer season

Lufthansa

  • San Diego (SAN) begins March 30 with three weekly flights.
  • Rio de Janeiro (GIG) begins March 27 with five weekly flights.
  • Toronto Pearson (YYZ) resumes on March 29.
  • Washington Dulles (IAD) resumes on March 27.
  • All flights are operated on Airbus A350-900s.

Lufthansa will reactivate five Airbus A340-600 to re-offer First Class service on the following routes: Los Angeles (LAX), Boston (BOS), New York (JFK) and Newark (EWR).

See also: Lufthansa will fly between Munich and Rio de Janeiro

United airlines
  • Denver (DEN) begins April 23 with daily flights on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Read also: United Airlines announces biggest transatlantic expansion in history

Delta Airlines
  • Detroit (DTW) resumes on May 2 with daily flights on the Boeing 767-300ER.
Eurowings Discover
  • Cancún (CUN).
  • Punta Cana (PUJ).
  • Las Vegas (LAS).

All routes will start on May 26 and will be operated by Airbus A330.

Destinations offered in 2019 but no longer available for 2022.

  • American Airlines: Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW)
  • Lufthansa: San Pablo (GRU)
  • Avianca: Bogota (BOG)
  • Condor: La Habana (HAV) and Varadero (VRA) in Cuba; La Romana (LRM) in the Dominican Republic; Bridgetown (BGI) in Barbados and Montego Bay (MBJ) in Jamaica.

All of these destinations were operated in high season.


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