After a decade, German Airline Lufthansa has finally reinstated flights between Frankfurt and Hyderabad. With this route, Lufthansa has increased its reach to five Indian destinations. With no competition from any airline, Lufthansa is an exclusive operator on this route.
Lufthansa: Frankfurt to Hyderabad
GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL), the operator of Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport has partnered with Lufthansa to connect to Frankfurt Airport. In October last year, Lufthansa announced its re-entry to Hyderabad.
With effect from 16 January, the airline has started non-stop flights between Hyderabad and Frankfurt Airport. The inaugural flight departed Frankfurt Airport at 12:02 PM and arrived at Hyderabad Airport at 12:09 AM. The flight duration was 7 hours and 38 minutes. Aircraft registered as D-ABPA operated the maiden flight on this route. This aircraft is named as Berlin. Berlin was the first ever Boeing 787 Dreamliner delivered to Lufthansa.
Now, the airline will connect the airport with five times weekly flights. Days of operations are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The airline is utilizing its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet for Hyderabad operations. It has a total of five Boeing 787 Dreamliners. These aircraft feature 26 Business class, 21 Premium Economy, and 247 Economy class seats.
The Dreamliner’s quiet cabin provides a better-than-ever experience with additional space, mesmerized lighting, and unique windows.
Here is a look at the timings of these flights:
Bolstering Position in India
With this route, the airport authorities expect to boost their position as a global hub for trade, travel & commerce. In transit traffic, the airline will majorly focus on Indian passengers traveling to North America. In recent years, airlines have witnessed that around 40% of Indian travelers flying to North America take transit routes via a European country. The flight timing of Lufthansa makes this a convenient option for flying to North America.
Mr. George Ettiyil, Senior Director – South Asia, Lufthansa Group, stated that with the new Hyderabad-Frankfurt route, Indian travelers now have 64 weekly flights to major European hubs, enabling onward connections across the continent’s wide network.
He underlined expanded capacity to India, which represents a 14% increase over 2019, making it Lufthansa’s fastest-growing major market. The recent inauguration of two new routes from the subcontinent to Europe demonstrates India’s strategic relevance to the Lufthansa Group.
Heavy Demand for this Route
Between January & October 2023, around 4 lakh passengers traveled from Hyderabad to Europe. This traffic has registered a growth of 39 percent when compared to the previous year. The potential of this new route can be seen from these statistics only.
Mr. Pradeep Panicker, CEO of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, expressed his pleasure over Lufthansa Airlines’ new flight services to Frankfurt.
He emphasized the advantages of Frankfurt as a transit or leisure destination, as well as its proximity to other places in Europe, the United States, Canada, and South America. Connecting passengers from Hyderabad to worldwide locations has been a top aim for the airport, and this marks a huge achievement.
With over 6,70,000 applications submitted in 2022, India was ranked third in the world for the number of applications for Schengen visas. This indicates that Indians have a strong desire to travel to Europe, which highlights the need for this direct connection even more.
Fueling the Growth of Hyderabad
Hyderabad, a significant participant in aerospace and defense and home to industry giants such as Boeing and Airbus, is not just taking flight; it is actively contributing to aircraft production. This energy extends to its thriving IT sector, which attracts major giants such as Google and Microsoft and employs over 500,000 competent workers.
Hyderabad’s expertise extends beyond technology, with the city being named the Vaccine Capital of the World, attracting major foreign investment, and emerging as a medical tourism hub.
This distinct mix of businesses drives Hyderabad’s growth, positioning it as a vibrant center for business, innovation, and international travel. As per the statement by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL), the introduction of direct flights to Frankfurt demonstrates GMR Hyderabad’s commitment to accelerating the city’s growth and connecting it to the rest of the world.
This new chapter will provide tremendous chances for the city and its citizens, cementing its place as a vibrant worldwide hub. Future plans include the introduction of new flights to South East Asia, CIS, Africa, Australia, Europe, and the United States, which will increase the airport’s reach and provide customers with more convenient travel options.
Source: GHIAL Press Release