Munich Airport is poised to set new benchmarks in long-haul traffic next summer. With six weeks remaining in this year’s summer flight schedule, Lufthansa has already announced significant expansions.
For the first time, the airline will station 36 long-haul aircraft in Munich, upping the weekly departures to intercontinental destinations from 150 to a record-breaking 190.
Lufthansa has also unveiled new long-haul routes. Starting May 30, 2024, Munich will be connected to Seattle with daily flights. Additionally, Bangalore, India, will be added to the winter flight schedule and will see up to six weekly flights during summer 2024. Both routes will be serviced by the modern and fuel-efficient Airbus A350 long-haul aircraft.
The 2024 summer schedule will also see Lufthansa reintroducing flights to Johannesburg, last served from Munich in 2005, starting June 3, 2024, with thrice-weekly flights. Furthermore, destinations like Beijing, Osaka, and San Diego, currently served three times a week, will soon enjoy daily flights.
Airbus A380 enthusiasts have more reasons to rejoice. Lufthansa plans to serve five destinations from Munich with the Airbus A380 next summer. While Boston, Los Angeles, and New York (JFK) will continue to be on the list, new additions include Washington and Delhi. The airline aims to station six Airbus A380s in Munich next summer, with plans to expand this fleet to eight aircraft by 2025.
In another exciting development, Discover Airlines has revealed its intention to base five Airbus A320 aircraft in Munich. This move will facilitate around 60 weekly flights to 23 destinations across Europe and North Africa in summer 2024. The airline also plans to station long-haul aircraft in Munich in the subsequent winter season.