Berlin trans Demand for transatlantic flights has risen since the United States last week announced plans to reintroduce fully vaccinated travelers from most European countries, German airline Lufthansa reported on Tuesday.
In the last few days of the week, bookings for transatlantic flights have tripled, with demand for some routes approaching pre-crisis levels, a statement said.
The United States said last week that it would re-launch in November for air travelers from China, India, Brazil and most European countries who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-1.
For big traditional European airline players such as British Airways owner IAG, Lufthansa and Air France-KLM, the decision represents an opportunity to restore their profitable key transatlantic route.
Lufthansa said December flight bookings in the U.S. reached pre-crisis levels last week.
Both leisure and business travelers have booked tickets for flights from Zurich and Frankfurt to New York and Miami.
Last week, bookings for premium economy, business and first-class flights in the United States increased compared to the same period in 2001.
Lufthansa said it is launching additional flights to the United States to boost demand, with Lufthansa and SWISS carriers offering three daily flights to Miami from November.
It is considering adding more connections in addition to the 55 weekly connections already scheduled from its European centers in New York to meet the demand for pre-Christmas travel.
As demand for flights in the United States grows, Lufthansa is adding more feeder flights between Germany and European centers in Austria, Belgium and Switzerland.
By Maria Sheehan
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times