For the first time in many years, Leipzig / Halle Airport will no longer have domestic German flights in the upcoming 2020/21 winter flight schedule. Both Lufthansa and its subsidiary Eurowings no longer operate the corresponding routes. This causes anger in politics, because it means that turnstile connections are also lost.
The two airlines of the Lufthansa Group confirmed to the German specialist portal airliners.de the choices. This means that the connection to the Munich hub is not available, at least during the winter period. The crane justifies the step with the fact that the demand “has fallen well short of expectations”. Nor is it assumed that there will be any improvement in the short term. Incidentally, Lufthansa justified the renewed suspension of the route at exactly the same time Friedrichshafen-Frankfurt.
Eurowings had only planned flights to Düsseldorf from Leipzig / Halle anyway, six times a week. According to Airliners.de, the routes to Cologne / Bonn and Stuttgart were only operated in the summer months and given up again due to weak demand. Accordingly, the Kranich subsidiary justifies the provisional suspension of the Düsseldorf route with a lack of customer demand. It is hoped, however, that a resumption can be made as soon as possible.
The only connection to a hub of the Star Alliance is now the Austrian Airlines connection to Vienna, which is offered several times a week. This is currently offered with a stopover in Nuremberg. Incidentally, the AUA does not sell tickets within Germany, as there is no market for them. reported Aviation Direct a few days ago. Airliners.de writes that the hub connection to the Zurich hub is currently not bookable. The Leipzig-Frankfurt route served by Lufthansa is to can only be offered by rail.
In politics one is of course pissed off with Lufthansa, because Leipzig - with the exception of the feeder to Vienna - is left behind by the major hubs. The mayor now wants to fight for the decision to be reconsidered in Frankfurt am Main. However, the current situation in Leipzig could also be a little foretaste of what the federal government wants to implement: Abolish domestic flights and take the train instead. However, if flights within Germany are taken out of the program, regions feel left behind ...