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Thursday, 06 December, 2018, 16 : 00 PM [IST]

Route expansion in India not on our agenda for the time being: Heike Birlenbach, Sr. VP – Sales, Lufthansa

Heike Birlenbach, Sr. Vice President – Sales, Lufthansa Hub Airlines and Chief Commercial Officer, Hub Frankfurt, has said that the German carrier has no immediate plans for route or capacity expansion in the India market. She said that India is well-served by the airline with 62 weekly frequencies currently from its three hubs in Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich and for the time being there are no expansion plans on their agenda.  However, she said that they would “constantly look at new opportunities” in India.  She shared this information while on her recent visit to national capital Delhi to participate in a technology start up expo co-hosted by Lufthansa for TiE Delhi.

Talking about the India market, Birlenbach said that 60 years of continuous engagement with India and serving the market from all its hub airports in Germany and connecting further to the rest of the world “underlines our commitment” and the importance that Lufthansa bestows to India.  She said that they have world-class products deployed on India routes like A-380 operating into Delhi, A-350 on Munich – Delhi, Boeing 747-8 on Bengaluru – Frankfurt routes.

When asked about the recent announcement by Lufthansa of shifting some Asian operations from Frankfurt to Munich, she said that this change would no way affect Indian routes since India is served from all the three important hubs in Germany.  “As of now only one decision was to shift Osaka operations to Munich,” she said.

Commenting on the tie up as a co-host for the Start up Expo with TiE, the official said that as a legacy company with long years of standing in the industry, Lufthansa sees it more as a “brand positioning” exercise to support start up initiatives and provide them with a platform to showcase their innovative ideas before prospective investors, venture capital, etc.
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