Lufthansa may add new destinations in India
Lufthansa is exploring the possibility of operating to new destinations in the western and eastern region of India.india Updated: Mar 30, 2006 14:24 IST
Bullish on the Indian market which contributed 21 per cent to its Asia Pacific passenger business revenue, Lufthansa German Airlines is exploring the possibility of operating to new destinations in the western and eastern region of the country, including Kolkata.
Lufthansa Vice-President, Asia & Pacific, Uwe Mueller, said in Bangalore thatthe European carrier was evaluating new destinations and a decision is expected within the next 4-5 weeks.
General Manager Passenger Sales India & Director South Asia, Werner Heesen said expert teams from Lufthansa were "scanning and screening" the markets, and "airport infrastructure and profitability of the routes are being looked at."
"Kolkata is one of the important candidates," Heesen said. "There are a lot of development taking place in Maharashtra and Gujarat," he added in the context of likely new destinations that Lufthansa may add.
Lufthansa currently operates 42 flights out of India per week; twice daily flights from Delhi to Frankfurt and Munich, and once daily flight to Frankfurt from Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Japan contributed 35 per cent to Lufthansa's Asia Pacific revenues, followed by India 21 per cent and China 17 per cent.
He said while Europe continues to be Lufthansa's "bread and butter" market contributing 38.1 of the revenues, Asia Pacific, now at 17.2 per cent, "is the growth market."
General Manager Passenger Sales, Karnataka Region, Deepak Biswas said the carrier's business here has not dented even after the British Airways and Air France started flights from here to Europe. The carrier, in fact, was thinking of bringing bigger planes here to address the growing demand.