If you want a job done quickly (and well) then you’d best leave it to the Germans.
Twice in the last century they’ve rebuilt their shattered country from scratch and also reunified both halves.
And few places is that more evident than in Dresden Dresden’s renaissance which was firebombed to near extinction in 1945 before the Soviets moved in with their very distinctive rebuild…
A mural of Communist history and a planned statue of a tractor and the latter which luckily was put off and put off by the Saxons was never completed.
Dresden, just the way it was
The Saxons, of course, put their whole Renaissance city back together again the way it was in just 20 years.
So you get the picture, the Germans don’t hang around when it comes to a rebuild which is why their national airline carrier Lufthansa https://www.lufthansa.com/gb/en/homepage have been first back onto the runway with their planes.
And no jokes about towels by the pool although the Germans will laugh about that stereotype because contrary to popular misconception they are one of the most self-deprecating of nations.
Which is probably why I love them and their country so.
Anyhoos, this is what we’ve all been dying to hear…
Let’s get flying again
Book today, and from June 1, you could be hopping on a Lufthansa, Eurowings or SWISS flight.
Manchester (6) Dublin (5) London-Heathrow (14)
to Frankfurt (Lufthansa)
Dublin (2) London-Heathrow (11)
to Zurich/Geneva (SWISS)
Birmingham (3) Dublin (2)Manchester (3) London – Heathrow (7)
With more than 106 destinations in Germany and Europe and over 20 intercontinental destinations, the range of flights on offer by the end of June will expand noticeably for all travellers.
By the end of June, the Lufthansa Group airlines plan to offer around 1,800 weekly roundtrips to more than 130 destinations worldwide.
Music to the ears
‘People want to and can travel again, whether on holiday or for business reasons.
‘That’s why we will continue to expand our offer step by step in the coming months and connect Europe with each other and Europe with the world,” says Harry Hohmeister, of the Executive Board of German Lufthansa AG.
Additional resumed Lufthansa flights in the first half of June in Germany and Europe from Frankfurt include: Hanover, Majorca, Sofia, Prague, Manchester, Billund, Nice, Budapest, Riga, Dublin, Krakow, Bucharest and Kiev. And from Munich: Münster/Osnabrück, Sylt, Rostock, Vienna, Zurich, Brussels and Palme de Mallorca.
The flight schedule also includes 19 long-haul destinations, 14 more than in May.
In total, Lufthansa, SWISS and Eurowings will be offering more than 70 weekly frequencies overseas until mid-June, almost four times as many as in May. Further resumption of Lufthansa long-haul flights is planned for the second half of June.
Did you say long-haul?
Lufthansa’s long-haul resumption of flights from Frankfurt (subject to possible travel restrictions) include: Toronto, Mexico City, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Tel Aviv, Riyadh, Bahrain, Johannesburg, Dubai and Mumbai. The destinations Newark/New York, Chicago, Sao Paulo, Tokyo and Bangkok will continue to be offered.
Lufthansa’s long-haul return flights from Munich (subject to possible travel restrictions) include: Chicago, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv.
And the Austrians and Swiss too
Austrian Airlines has decided to extend the suspension of regular flight operations for a further week, from 31 May – 7 June 2020. A resumption of service in June is also being considered.
SWISS is planning to resume services to various Med destinations and other major European centres such as Paris, Brussels and Moscow will also be added to the programme.
In its long-haul operations, SWISS will again offer its passengers new intercontinental direct services in June in addition to its three weekly services to New York / Newark (USA).
The Swiss carrier also plans to offer flights from Zurich to New York JFK, Chicago, Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo, Mumbai, Hong Kong and Johannesburg.
Eurowings previously announced that it would be expanding its basic programme at Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg and Stuttgart ports and gradually adding 15 further destinations within Europe from May onwards.
With Spain, Greece, Portugal and Croatia, the focus is on destinations in the Mediterranean region. For the first time, the island of Mallorca will again be offered from several German Eurowings gateways.
Brussels you say…
Brussels Airlines plans to resume its flight operations with a reduced network offer as from 15 June.
Passengers should consider the current entry and quarantine regulations of the respective destinations.
And we will be expected to heed stricter hygiene and security regulations and longer waiting times at airport security checkpoints.
The catering services on board will also remain restricted until further notice.
In addition, passengers will continue to be asked to wear a nose-and-mouth cover on board during the entire journey following compulsory new procedures implemented on 29 April.
Masks can be funky too
One thing will remain unchanged though… you’ll need to get to the check-out gate on time.