Lufthansa resumes Atlanta-Frankfurt service with focus on holidaymakers
German Airline company Lufthansa resumed service three times a week from Atlanta at its center Frankfurt, aimed at connecting travelers to destinations in southern Europe as soon as they open this summer.
Flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week, connecting a new range of routes to Frankfurt, selected with the needs of US leisure travelers in mind.
The Lufthansa group operates flights from its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich to 13 destinations in Greece, for example, a nod to the recent opening of the country to American tourists. Italy followed, the decision of seven European Union countries to launch a digital vaccination passport for some foreshadows a complete opening in the coming months.
In a press release, the airline said it was preparing to meet “pent-up demand” from travelers from the Americas.
“The Lufthansa Group remains committed to connecting passengers and serving as a bridge between continents. As travel restrictions in Europe decrease, we are delighted to resume transatlantic service for our customers in the Atlanta area. We continue to expand our network connections as the world gradually opens up, ”said Frank Naeve, Vice President of Passenger Airlines Sales for the Americas.
Lufthansa group subsidiaries Austrian Air and SWISS Airlines offer a range of flights to hot destinations from their hubs in Vienna, Zurich and Geneva, respectively.
Atlanta-Frankfurt flights leave Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 4:10 p.m. and arrive at 7:05 a.m. the next morning. Masks are mandatory at the airport and for the duration of flights, with the exception of people with health problems who test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of departure. While the CDC has relaxed mask guidelines for indoor encounters between vaccinated people, it has retained the recommendation that travelers remain masked on public transport and on flights.
Airlines have been demanding masks since the start of the pandemic. Lufthansa said its planes have installed HEPA filters leading to air quality “similar to that of an operating room” inside the plane, where the air flows vertically instead of in the cabin.
The airline is also allowing travelers to change their flights for free until July 31.