by the Hesse State court’s recent decision to forbid night flights
at Frankfurt as of October 30th, Lufthansa Cargo has adjusted their
This became necessary since the carrier operates an average of eleven
night flights, which are directly affected and need alternative solutions
to continue service.
Details will be revealed at a press meeting
in Berlin on Thursday; however, FlyingTypers can deliver
the main results:
Tianjin flights will be cancelled altogether.
“With very little time given to adjust
our schedules, we were not able to find a suitable solution,”
regrets Michael Goentgens (right) of LH Cargo.
Further, the Beijing and Guangzhou freighter
flights will be routed via Cologne. “In Frankfurt, we’ll
completely load the aircraft with shipments bound to China.
“Late evening they will depart to Cologne
for a technical stop of between four and five hours, before taking
off for the Far East,” Michael said.
In addition, LH Cargo indicated the eventual
basing of one of their freight planes beginning next January at Cologne/Bonn
“After the sudden and unexpected situation in Frankfurt, we
certainly will help Lufthansa in performing their operations,”
stated Managing Director Michael Garvens (left) of CGN, when approached
A Chicago flight also affected, will be operated
out of Leipzig/Halle airport instead of Frankfurt.
Dirk Steiger (right) of Frankfurt-based Aviainform GmbH said, “Consequently,
the vast majority of shipments will have to be trucked from Rhein-Main,
where they are consolidated to Leipzig/Halle.
“This will lead to further congestion
on the German Autobahns and negatively influence the nation’s
ambitious footprint on greenhouse gas emissions,” he said. The
point emphasizes the ecological consequences the judges’ ruling
Asked about the financial impact, with cancellations
and the reorganization of Lufthansa Cargo’s freighter fleet,
Steiger estimates total costs amounting to approximately €30
to 50 million euros.
LH Cargo’s Goentgens spoke of the “substantial
financial loss” his carrier will suffer due to the curfew imposed
by the court.
Despite the anticapated additional financial
burden and the contingency flight plan his airline came up with, he
assured customers of the operational reliability of Lufthansa Cargo.
“We are convinced that under these
difficult circumstances, we can offer you the best possible connections
to the 300 destinations we globally serve,” Michael concludes.
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