New pricing policy at Lufthansa: the airline is temporarily blocking the low fares on routes within Europe in its booking systems. Thousands of transfers are made internally.
Due to the tense booking and traffic situation, Lufthansa has drastically reduced its range of tickets for European and domestic flights. For several days, flights for appointments throughout the month of July can only be purchased in the most expensive booking classes, the company confirmed on Friday corresponding information from Internet forums for frequent flyers.
The temporary measure is intended to keep seats free for rebookings resulting from the previously announced flight cancellations. These changes are to be entered into the system in the coming days. Lufthansa canceled more than 3,000 connections in July and August due to the massive capacity problems at the airports and in its own organization. In the summer, however, 95 percent of all planned flights will be carried out, the company said.
The aim is to offer all guests who are affected by a flight cancellation an alternative travel option, said a spokesman in Frankfurt. “To ensure this, the company has reduced availability on Lufthansa flights for new bookings in July.”
Frankfurt – Berlin for 400 euros one way
Users report economy ticket prices in class “Y” of more than 1000 euros from Frankfurt to London or Dubai. Single domestic tickets from Frankfurt to Hamburg or Berlin should cost 400 euros. Even in business class, tickets are only available in the highest and therefore most expensive booking class “J”.
Only after the rebooking has been completed does Lufthansa want to reopen the system and, depending on the availability of seats, also open the cheaper booking classes again. According to information from company circles, this could be the case on Wednesday (July 6th).
According to information from the “Handelsblatt”, the supervisory board of the MDax group should also deal with the flight chaos again on this date. The special meeting had been convened under pressure from employee representatives who did not feel sufficiently informed by the board.
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