Due to the slow business travel during the Christmas season, Lufthansa has cut down its flights to India during this period. The German airline boasts of 46 weekly flights from Frankfurt and Munich to Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Chennai and Bangalore.
Mumbai and Delhi are connected to both Frankfurt and Munich with daily flights while the other cities have flights only to Frankfurt. The airline’s website does not display direct flights on Delhi-Munich and Mumbai-Frankfurt routes from Tuesday till January 1. On certain dates, both the flights from Mumbai and Delhi have been cancelled.
According to news reports, the airline did not respond to an email query on the issue but sources said the decision to cancel the India flights was taken some time last month after the winter schedule was finalised. “Booking is always low during this period,” the source said.
According to an aviation expert, “All business travel comes to a standstill in the US and Europe during Christmas. Lufthansa is essentially seen as a businessman’s carrier. The airline may have decided to curtail the flights due to this reason. Even though there will be leisure travellers the yields will be low. Sometimes it is cheaper to transfer passengers to other airlines than operate a flight and incur a loss. Also the airline may have redeployed the aircraft on routes with high demand in this season.”