Lufthansa Group said Eurowings will continue flying U.S. routes
next summer, reversing a June decision that all of the airline group’s long-haul
routes would be operated by Lufthansa, Austrian and Swiss going forward.
Eurowings will fly new Frankfurt-Phoenix and Frankfurt-Anchorage
routes next summer. The low-cost carrier also will operate Munich-Las Vegas and
Munich-Orlando flights next summer. Lufthansa Group has not determined if those
routes will be seasonal or year-round.
Lufthansa has decided to route the flights through
Lufthansa’s Munich and Frankfurt hubs, where they’ll connect to the short-haul
network of the broader airline group. Eurowings’ five existing U.S. routes
originate in Dusseldorf. A sixth route, launching in late October, will connect
Frankfurt with Las Vegas.
Lufthansa Group said it has not decided if Eurowings' five Dusseldorf routes (New York, Newark,
Miami, Fort Myers and Las Vegas) will continue into next summer. Lufthansa
group has made no changes to those routes.
Lufthansa Group introduced Eurowings into the U.S. market in
2016, when low-cost transatlantic aviation was fast-growing. However, Eurowings
has been a money loser, operating at a minus-5.5% margin last year.
In other announcements on Wednesday, Lufthansa Group said
the Lufthansa brand will begin Munich-Detroit and Munich-Seattle service next
summer, complementing the carrier’s existing service to those two cities from
Frankfurt. Swiss will begin daily Zurich-Washington Dulles service on March 29.