Lufthansa finalises EX-YU summer operations


Germany’s national airline, Lufthansa, as one of the largest foreign flag carriers in the former Yugoslavia, has scheduled up to 130 weekly flights to the region during the peak summer period, with the company set to restore a number of routes which have been suspended since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. The airline will maintain the most flights out of its two hubs in Frankfurt and Munich to Croatia, with services from both cities to Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Zadar and Pula. Notably, the airline will restore operations between Munich and Croatia’s capital on May 2 with one daily flight scheduled throughout the summer.

Lufthansa will also ramp up its services to Serbia. The airline will be increasing operations to three daily flights between Munich and Belgrade, complementing its double daily Frankfurt service. In Ljubljana, the carrier will resume flights from the Bavarian capital on May 2 with daily flights planned, alongside its double daily service from Frankfurt. Lufthansa will continue to serve Sarajevo out of Frankfurt, after making the switch from Munich during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Daily services will be maintained between the two cities. Finally, the airline will resume its seasonal operations to Tivat from both Frankfurt and Munich starting May 15 and June 4 respectively.

Lufthansa summer operations from Frankfurt


Lufthansa summer operations from Munich


Lufthansa’s mainline operations will complement those from the remainder of the airline group which includes Austrian Airlines, Swiss, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings. From its main hubs, Lufthansa’s operations to the former Yugoslavia will be close to reaching pre-pandemic 2019 levels. “We are very certain that air traffic will experience a strong upswing this year. People want to travel. They seek and need personal contact - especially after two years of the pandemic and the associated social restrictions. The pent-up demand for leisure and business travel was already significantly noticeable in 2021 - and this trend is set to intensify in 2022. Last year was a challenging one for the Lufthansa Group and its employees. And 2022 also begins with developments that worry us as citizens of this continent”, Lufthansa said. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine, frequencies are subject to change.



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  1. Anonymous09:01

    Didn't they announce something like second daily FRA-SJJ?

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    1. Anonymous09:04

      They cancelled it

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    2. Anonymous09:05

      Maybe Wizz Air's Hahn flights had an impact?

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    3. Anonymous10:13

      I don't think they capture the same type of passengers.

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    4. Anonymous14:28

      It's a shame they gave up on the second daily Sarajevo flight. I'm also quite interested if someone knows why?

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    5. Anonymous13:01

      I don't think they have given up on it completely, as they will now operate split schedule operations.

      3x overnight
      4x day-time

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  2. Anonymous09:03

    It would be interesting to see total frequencies LH Group has with ex-Yu cities.

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    1. Nemjee09:25

      I think this summer they should have up to 13 daily to BEG.

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    2. Anonymous14:28

      Not bad at all. Who from the group has the most flights? LH or LX?

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  3. Anonymous09:04

    It's odd that they predominately have more flights from FRA to ex-Yu yet they operate 3 daily from Munich to Belgrade

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    1. Anonymous09:09

      They have no competition on MUC-BEG route.

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    2. Nemjee09:22

      They don't have direct competition but indirect is from Wizz Air's BEG-FMM and soon from Air Serbia's BEG-NUE.

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    3. Anonymous09:25

      It seems to be JU gave up fighting with LH in FRA & MUC.

      For a long time they do not fly to MUC and nobody knows the reason and to FRA they still keep only 5 weekly rotations (although it will be increased to 7 later during this summer).

      On the other side JU seems to be dominant player from flights from Belgrade to DUS, STR, BER, HAJ and NUE.

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    4. Anonymous10:14

      I think they are content with offering many cities in Germany and, at the end of the day, they managed to outperform easyjet on Berlin route.

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    5. Nemjee10:15

      Why should JU launch MUC? I mean they would totally fail there given their disastrous commercial policy and a clear lack of any marketing activity.

      On top of that, they lack the adequate aircraft to efficiently compete with LH at their fortress hub where they are king. Air Serbia should rather focus on other markets where there is sufficient O&D demand and less competition.

      Will be interesting to see what happens in markets like STR and DUS. This winter ATR appeared on STR a few times which isn't good. Since then travel restrictions have been more or less lifted which is good. However, Wizz Air and Eurowings should shortly restore their own flights giving JU a small window of opportunity to position itself in this part of Germany.

      DUS-BEG will be also interesting since EW plans four weekly flights. They seem to be optimistic about this route's potential. All in all, Lufthansa Group seems to be activating Eurowings in order to secure its own share of the Germany-Serbia market.

      So far Wizz Air and Air Serbia have divided this market between themselves while avoiding direct competition. This is all changing now that EW showed up. If they perform well this summer I expect them to introduce BER-BEG next year especially now when easyJet suspended that route and JU triumphed.

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    6. Anonymous14:27

      I'm assuming there is a lot of point to point traffic between Belgrade and Munich too. BEG was one of the few routes in the region they didn't suspend during Covid.

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  4. Anonymous09:05

    Nice. I would really like to see more of Lufthansa mainline in the region. They have no flights Podgorica, Pristina or Skopje.

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    1. Anonymous09:07

      Agree. Very odd for such a large airline that they have such a limited presence.

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    2. Anonymous09:08

      LH used to fly to Skopje once upon a time.

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    3. Anonymous09:18

      Ex-Yu is a very cost sensitive market. There is a greater chance of seeing Eurowings more in the region.

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    4. Anonymous09:29

      Don't think it will happen, LH explored SKP with EW and failed. I don't think they are adventurous enough to try PRN with all the raiseburo mafia.

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    5. Anonymous09:41

      I think business travelers in SKP would be happy to avoid flying W6 to Hahn or Memmingen.

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    6. Anonymous10:13

      I think they have used TIA for the region. This summer I believe they are going 3 daily to Frankfurt and daily to Munich

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    7. Anonymous10:14

      Indeed

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    8. Anonymous11:59

      It's actually double daily to FRA and 13x weekly to MUC. Also i don't think people from Montenegro, Kosovo and North Macedonia are coming to TIA to fly with LH. OS has it all covered and yields might be too bad for LH to bother.

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  5. Anonymous09:07

    Well done on Tivat having LH. Lufthansa doesn't fly to much larger markets in the region so this is a scoop for them.

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    1. Anonymous09:11

      The Tivat flights don't connect onto anything so it's purely for German tourists.

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    2. Anonymous14:26

      ^ So?

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  6. Anonymous09:08

    Great to see LH ops back to prepandemic level in BEG :)

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    1. Anonymous09:10

      It would be great to have third daily flight from BEG to FRA.

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    2. Anonymous09:17

      A late afternoon/evening flight would be good.

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    3. Nemjee09:23

      Either that or a morning departure to BEG so that you don't have to wait until 10 or 11 if you arrive on one of those dawn arrivals at FRA.

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    4. Anonymous10:45

      They could just have the same timings as their Munich flights three daily.

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  7. Anonymous09:09

    I would warmly recommend anyone transferring with LH to choose to do it through Munich rather than Frankfurt. Much nicer airport.

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    1. Nemjee09:25

      Absolutely but since they opened the satellite terminal, transferring at MUC became a bit more complicated. Before you could have easily transferred in 30 minutes but now if you need to go from one terminal to the other I would not recommend having less than 1 hour.

      I remember recently I was looking at some flights and LH offered a connection via FRA with just 45 minutes. Yeah ... no thanks.

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    2. Anonymous09:44

      And I would warmly recommend people to avoid LH. They have become such a bad airline after the covid cost cutting. I don't know if they are worse on long haul or short haul. I'm genuinely wondering what is the point of the Eurowings brand anymore. Lufthansa is now on that level.

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    3. Nemjee10:19

      Personally I think Lufthansa is worse because people have some expectations when it comes to them. Personally, I think this experiment won't last and that LH will have to restore some sort of a service. British Airways tried the same and they recently announce the re-introduction of free drinks and snack on short and medium haul flights. LOT did the same as I believe it was last year that they brought back free drinks and snack on their short-haul flights.

      Airlines with higher costs can't offer the bare minimum in the back. It irritates and chases away clients who can afford to pay more for their flight.

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    4. Anonymous12:57

      @09:44 I am in full agreement with you and I try ot avoid them like a plague. No service anymore, rude personnel on the ground, pricey and often delayed. JUNK airline in two words.

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    5. Anonymous14:25

      Agree with these arguments. Service has really gone downhill at LH since late last August when wide ranging cost cutting was introduced. A lot of the crew themselves are embarrassed by the current service standards.

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  8. Anonymous09:10

    Their coverage in Croatia is impressive.

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    1. Anonymous14:24

      Yes. They serve almost all of Croatia's airports. Good work.

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  9. Anonymous09:11

    Could they shift from Tivat to Podgorica in winter?

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  10. Anonymous09:12

    Congratulations Lufthansa!

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  11. Anonymous09:12

    Does Lufthansa fly nonstop European flights from any other city other than Munich and Frankfurt?

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    1. Anonymous09:17

      No. Their hubs are FRA and MUC. They use Eurowings from other airports in Germany.

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    2. Anonymous09:18

      No

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  12. Anonymous09:12

    The presence of LH in LJU is quite visible. They have cemented their position there.

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    1. Anonymous10:03

      Especially since they are getting paid to fly to Ljubljana.

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    2. Anonymous10:06

      Is Ljubljana the only one with early morning departure for Frankfurt with Lufthansa? Anyway I'm sure they will soon go double daily Munich and triple daily Frankfurt.

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    3. Anonymous10:12

      They have early morning departure from BEG to FRA as well (plane spends the night in BEG).

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  13. Anonymous09:18

    So, no LH soon to SKP. What a pity.

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    1. Anonymous09:19

      As long as the current OS capacity to SKP is enough for Star Alliance, we will not see LH at SKP.

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  14. Anonymous09:19

    Excellent. There will be more options for passengers to fly to Europe and beyond.

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  15. Anonymous09:25

    I'm surprised JU does not fly to MUC. Especially with the three daily flights by LH. So there must be a market. Not sure when and why Jat stopped flying to MUC years ago. Anyway it is high time JU returns to MUC

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    1. Anonymous10:46

      When did Jat terminate Munich?

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    2. JATBEGMEL16:50

      Winter 2008 was when Jat Airways canceled MUC. Jat at that time had a codeshare agreement with LH.

      JU342/343 was the flight number. Frequencies were up to daily with the ATR, departing at various times depending on the day. Everyday they seemed to have a different departing time, which was common with Jat at the time. One day 7am, another 08:25, sometimes 12:25. Here was one of the schedules I could find.

      BEG MUC 1225 1435
      MUC BEG 1810 2010

      @09,25

      Market is there as LH has a large hub in MUC (transit pax). LH has alot of flights to the Balkans from MUC, which doesn't help JU. Wizz also operating into FMM eats into the O&D demand. JU to have much of an impact on LH would need to operate with the A319, as the ATR would make them extremely unattractive on the route. JU doesn't have enough on offer to make an A319 to MUC work.

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    3. Anonymous17:32

      Ah completely forgot JU and LH used to have a codeshare!

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  16. Anonymous09:31

    Ljubljana isn't that bad actually. Frankfurt is 3x daily in some cases (no idea why it's not mentioned in the article). And Muc is back event though its 45min flight.

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    1. Anonymous09:33

      There are no 3x daily flights from Frankfurt to Ljubljana this summer.

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    2. Anonymous09:35

      The First date that I checked (9.4) has 3 daily flights 7 am, 11am and 5 pm...

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    3. Anonymous09:36

      That is the only date in the entire summer season that there is a third daily flight.

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    4. Anonymous10:07

      last summer they flew 3x daily (but without Munich)

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    5. Anonymous11:11

      LJU isn't that bad? Did you check comparison with pre-covid numbers and compare them with other airports? I really doubt that this 1 flight to MUC will get us to 900k pax this year :)

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    6. Anonymous17:34

      How many flights did Adria have to Frankfurt and Munich?

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    7. Anonymous17:37

      In their last summer season (2019) Adria had 21 weekly flights to Frankfurt and 19 weekly to Munich from Ljubljana

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    8. Anonymous17:41

      wow. Puts things into perspective.

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  17. Anonymous09:41

    Loving the increased presence of LH on the Western Balkans.

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  18. Anonymous09:42

    Finally Munich coming back to LJU and ZAG.

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    1. Anonymous09:49

      Why did Lufthansa suspend so many routes from Munich?

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    2. Anonymous14:23

      Because they tried to consolidate their transfer operations in Frankfurt to reduce costs. Due to lower demand one major hub was enough.

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  19. Anonymous09:43

    Lufthansa has it really easy in ex-YU. Am I wrong or is FRA-BEG the only route where they face actual, real competition?

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    1. Anonymous12:50

      Eurowings belongs to LH and they have competition on BEG-STR route.

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  20. Anonymous09:43

    Good to see

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  21. Anonymous09:47

    With 3 daily flights in total, Lufthansa will have complete dominance in Ljubljana

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    1. Anonymous09:48

      They will be de facto national airline of Slovenia.

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    2. Anonymous10:02

      It would be nice if eurowings could launch LJU-BER now that easyjet is gone

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    3. Anonymous10:23

      I don't understand why there is no LJU - BER anymore ... they were planning 4 weekly in 2020 up one weekly on 2019. really miss this connection.

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    4. Anonymous10:44

      Berlin just doesn't seem to have worked for anyone. Adria also tried before.

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    5. Anonymous11:08

      National carrier with 3 flights per day? You must be joking. On other hand, MUC is not gonna give any additional value to LJU with that midday flight.

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    6. Anonymous11:48

      Anonymous10:44 - it was working for Easyjet since they planned to increase frequency from 3 to 4

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    7. Anonymous14:22

      Ok, but then why did they discontinue it?

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    8. Anonymous14:26

      Ask Fraport.

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    9. Anonymous17:34

      Fraport chased easyjet out?

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  22. Anonymous09:49

    All in all not bad considering the situation.

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    1. Anonymous17:35

      The situation is improving, hence it is not bad :)

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  23. Anonymous09:50

    Bravo Hrvatska!

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  24. Anonymous09:50

    Good ol' Lufty

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  25. Anonymous09:51

    lets see if all those materialize

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    1. Anonymous10:43

      It will.

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    2. Anonymous17:44

      Well they planned 14 weekly SJJ flights and it did not materialize. It is still early days.

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  26. Anonymous09:51

    imho, LH should start INI flights with E90 or CR9, at least 3 weekly

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  27. Anonymous10:00

    Are they going to be using Air Dolomiti equipment on Munich routes this year too?

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    1. Anonymous14:22

      Yes, sometimes.

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    2. Anonymous17:50

      I believe one of the 3 Lufthansa flights from Munich to Belgrade are being operated by Air Dolomiti.

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  28. Anonymous10:43

    I was hoping to see some new flights from BEG to FRA :-(
    It has not been changed for quite a long time - 2 daily and that's it.

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    1. Anonymous14:22

      In times of Covid and uncertainty over Ukraine war, I think having the same operations as in 2019 is more than good.

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  29. Anonymous17:38

    Is LH increasing capacity on any routes?

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