Online traffic – Lufthansa does not plan to ease US travel ban before Christmas

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FRANKFURT – German airline Lufthansa has said it does not expect the ban on European travelers entering the United States to be lifted before Christmas. Team member Harry Homester told an online conference hosted by TravelDoc magazine that travel restrictions were not expected until the end of the fourth quarter.

Lufthansa is hoping the ban on non-essential travel, which has been in place since March last year due to the corona infection, will be lifted in July this year. After that, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr set his sights on September, but quickly noted that he didn’t trust himself to make predictions.

The European Union lifted restrictions on American travelers in June. Hohmmeister said he couldn’t understand the logic behind the US decision to impose an entry ban on Europeans because vaccination rates are the same in many countries in the US and Europe.

The profitability of US flights to Lufthansa is not only due to low demand, but also the fact that US citizens not only take Atlantic flights, but also the boom in the air cargo industry. Lufthansa “fills its planes with freight passengers,” Hohmeister said.

A few days ago, Spohr predicted a “long, cold winter” for the airline, especially since China is unlikely to ease travel restrictions after the second quarter of next year. During normal years Lufthansa makes the most of long-haul flights to North America and Asia.


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