Lufthansa says that it is planning to bolster the limited number of intercontinental flights to Canada with a resumption, in June, of service from Toronto.
The carrier will ramp up with three weekly, non-stop flights from Toronto to Frankfurt beginning June 3.
Additional Canadian flights are currently being evaluated and planned for later in the summer.
The Toronto–Frankfurt flight adds a long-haul connection for Toronto-based travel to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.
These include flights within Germany, as well as to cities in Austria, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.
A total of 160 European destinations will be served next month. Flights to Tel Aviv are also being planned as are connections to Mumbai, Dubai, UAE and Johannesburg as well as to Abuja and Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
“Lufthansa flights to and from Canada have always been popular and well-received, and so this unprecedented halt of our flight operations is a difficult situation that we are working to overcome”, said Hans DeHaan, senior director Canada, Lufthansa Group. “We are committed to serving the Canadian market, and with Toronto as the first wave in our ramp-up, the Lufthansa Group continues to reinforce its strong commitment to the region and to the country.”
Lufthansa says it “continues to follow stringent hygiene guidelines and practices that are above and beyond the standard so as to ensure that the on board experience is focused first and foremost, on the public health of its passengers.”
The airlines of the Lufthansa Group require that all passengers wear a facial mouth/nose covering while on board their flights. It is also recommended that passengers wear the protective covering throughout their journey to include at the airport before and after the flight, and whenever the required minimum distance cannot be guaranteed without restriction. All Lufthansa Group flight attendants in direct contact with customers are also be required to wear a corresponding mask. The obligation to wear the mask while on board will apply until Aug. 31.
Furthermore, the middle seat that has thus far been left vacant in Economy and Premium Economy Class, will no longer be a requirement given that the facial covering is deemed to provide the necessary protection. However due to a decrease in flight demand, seats will be allocated as far apart as possible within the cabin.