Flight bookings from European cities to the United States have boomed in recent weeks since US authorities warned that a travel ban on vaccinated travelers would be removed in early November, Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, announced in a press release.
According to the airline, just one week after the United States announced its decision to end the travel ban, Lufthansa Group companies recorded a rise in reservations for flights to the United States, which tripled on certain days compared to the previous week.
Moreover, the airline reports that demand for certain routes has almost reached pre-crisis levels.
Flights with Switzerland from Zurich, Lufthansa from Frankfurt to New York, and from Frankfurt and Zurich to Miami had the highest bookings from both leisure and business travelers. In premium economy, business and first class, more tickets were purchased to the US than in the same period in 2019.
On September 20, the US administration announced the end of the travel ban that has been in place for more than a year and a half now on travelers from Schengen area countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and several other non-European countries, for those who have been vaccinated. .
Immediately after that, Lufthansa announced a 40 percent increase in the number of flights booked to the United States. According to the airline, the increase also occurred because “the Lufthansa Air Group is optimally prepared to reopen”.
In an effort to meet demand, the Lufthansa Group has launched several more flights to the US, including a set of three daily flights to Miami in November.
Increasing demand for “Christmas cruises”
After thousands of families and couples spent last Christmas apart, the lifting of the US travel ban has raised the hopes of many that this year’s Christmas will be the collective Christmas.
According to Lufthansa, the demand for travel to New York during the Christmas season has prompted the airline to consider extending services in the short term to this US state.
“Last week’s new bookings for this month were as high as they were in 2019 for the same time period. The airline notes that flights to New York – traditionally in demand during the Christmas season – have already been boosted with additional connections.
It also shows that up to 55 new weekly flights have been created between European countries such as Austria, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and New York.
Due to the increased demand, the airline is also working to expand the number of German domestic flights by 45 percent starting this month.
Data revealed by Statista, a German company specializing in market and consumer data, showed that Lufthansa had a challenging year due to the pandemic in 2020. Over the entire year, the company carried 75 percent fewer passengers than in 2019 and generated just €13.6 billion. euros, down from 36.4 billion euros in 2019.