Bischof: Eurowings with 80 machines in the summer

Jens Bischof, CEO of Eurowings, puts on mouth and nose protection during a press conference at Cologne / Bonn Airport. Cologne / Bonn Airport and the airline Eurowings provided information about extended health and hygiene standards.
Jens Bischof, CEO of Eurowings, puts on mouth and nose protection during a press conference at Cologne / Bonn Airport. Cologne / Bonn Airport and the airline Eurowings provided information about extended health and hygiene standards.

Bischof: Eurowings with 80 machines in the summer

Jens Bischof, CEO of Eurowings, puts on mouth and nose protection during a press conference at Cologne / Bonn Airport. Cologne / Bonn Airport and the airline Eurowings provided information about extended health and hygiene standards.
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The Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings plans to fly around 2021 aircraft during the vacation period in summer 80. As early as May 2021, company boss Jens Bischof wants to get around 50 jets into the air. He said this in an interview with the tourist newspaper FVW.

According to Bischof, the cheap offshoot of Lufthansa currently flies with around 20 planes. In an interview with the FVW, he said that there has been a “noticeable recovery in tourist demand” for about two weeks. He expects that there will be further easing for popular holiday destinations such as Spain, Italy and Greece by summer 2020. Therefore, he wants to fly with around 50 planes from May and 80 Airbus jets should be in the air during the holiday season.

The Eurowings boss is of the opinion that the number of bookings will increase significantly when it is clear how trips will work in summer 2021. He refers to the effect that occurred in the UK a few days ago after a speech by Boris Johnson. Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) recently compared the progress of vaccinations with ketchup bottles. Jens Bischof also used this comparison in an interview with the FVW. The company is preparing for "enormous catch-up effects in the tourism segment". He sees this around the second half of 2021, i.e. the summer vacation time.

Focus on Mediterranean destinations

When asked about the competition and the price war, the Eurowings manager said that "the era of five-euro tickets since Corona - at least in the German market - is over". In these uncertain times, customers would first and foremost want a reliable travel partner who does not compromise on safety, health and hygiene standards. Bishop did not say against which competitors this statement is directed. However, the Eurowings managing director thinks that the hygiene concept, corona travel protection and rebooking of "Ryanair & Co" would stand out.

When asked where the 80 or so Airbus jets will fly in the summer of 2021, the Eurowings CEO said that "the majority will be deployed to holiday destinations in southern Europe in summer". Compared to the FVW, he also refers to around 300 weekly flights in the direction of Palma de Mallorca. However, Bischof does not expect black numbers, as he told the specialist newspaper: “No airline in the world can earn money in such an environment. The industry is in by far the biggest aviation crisis, and it has been going on for longer than anyone could have imagined ”.

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