Lufthansa’s new airline will impact non-hub airports
As reported, Lufthansa plans to launch a new low-cost carrier by combining Germanwings with its non-hub Lufthansa services (those not operated from Frankfurt or Munich). This will be felt especially at airports in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Hamburg. The still unnamed airline will likely operate a fleet of about 90 aircraft and carry 18 million passengers in its first year.
Analysis presented by anna.aero shows that at some German airports, such as Hannover, the only change is that existing Germanwings routes will be rebranded. Lufthansa has already given some routes to Germanwings at Stuttgart and Cologne/Bonn. At Berlin, Düsseldorf and Hamburg, however, Germanwings has little presence. More than 60% of Lufthansa’s flights in Berlin and Hamburg and over 80% in Düsseldorf will transfer to the new airline. The hub routes from Frankfurt and Munich will continue to be branded Lufthansa.