In the forthcoming winter season, Frankfurt Airport's weekly departures will increase 3.8 per cent compared with last winter. Total weekly seat capacity offered will...

From October 31, when Germany changes to winter time, Frankfurt Airport’s new timetable for winter 2010-11 will feature 4,435 flight departures per week, offered by 106 scheduled airlines flying to 266 destinations in 112 countries.

In the forthcoming winter season, Frankfurt Airport’s weekly departures will increase 3.8 per cent compared with last winter. Total weekly seat capacity offered will be 680,000 seats per week, up 6.4 per cent year-on-year.

With the airport offering service to 138 intercontinental destinations this winter, more than half of the destinations served from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) will be outside Europe, underscoring FRA’s leading role as Germany’s intercontinental gateway – and also as one of Europe’s third-biggest gateway airport.

Frankfurt-based Lufthansa is expanding its extensive network of long-haul destinations from its biggest hub by two cities this winter. Having suspended service to Bogota (BOG) in 2002, the airline will resume service to Colombia’s capital city, offering five flights from Frankfurt each week. In Africa, Lufthansa also will fly fives times weekly to Pointe Noire (PNR) – the most important port city in the Republic of Congo – with a stopover in Libreville (LBV), Gabon.

Brazilian airline TAM (JJ) will continue operating to Rio de Janeiro’s Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) five times a week, a route which it inaugurated in August.

Lufthansa will also serve Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) twice a day from Frankfurt. In total, the Frankfurt-New York route will see seven daily Lufthansa round-trips this winter.

Frankfurt Airport – only a small part of which can be seen here – is one of the world's major intercontinental gateway airports, as well as Germany's biggest hub and the third-busiest airport in Europe for passengers after London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle

However, Air India (AI) has cancelled its Frankfurt hub services linking Mumbai (BOM) and Ahmedabad (AMD) with New York JFK and Chicago O’Hare (ORD). The airline will rpelace these one-stop connections with non-stop flights between Delhi (DEL) and the U.S. Lufthansa will continue its daily service to BOM, while AI and LH will serve DEL with the same frequencies as in FRA’s current schedule.

American Airlines (AA) will drop its daily flight to Chicago in November; however, Lufthansa and Star Alliance partner United (UA) will offer three daily flights to the Windy City.

Turkish carrier Sun Express (XQ) will expand its program to Turkey by increasing its destinations from three to 12. In addition to Antalya (AYT), Istanbul (SAW) and Izmir (ADB), which it is already serving from FRA, Sun Express will begin flying to Turkey’s capital Ankara (ESB), as well as to Kayseri in the Cappadocia tourist region and to the Black Sea coastal towns of Samsun and Trabzon. In total, XQ will increase its weekly flights from FRA by 16, to 44 flights.

In Europe, Pristina (PRN) in Kosovo will become a new FRA destination, Adria Airways (JP) flying the route four times weekly. Having begun service to Naples (RRO) this summer, Lufthansa will operate daily services on the route in FRA’s new winter schedule.

Compared to last year’s winter schedule, Lufthansa will offer an additional daily flight from FRA on routes to several European destinations. These include Brussels (BRU), with 10 daily flights; Zurich (ZRH), with seven daily flights; Basel (BSL), with five daily flights; Prague (PRG), with six daily flights; and Gothenburg (GOT), with five daily flights.

Several European destinations that saw an additional daily flight during the summer timetable will keep the same service frequency this winter season. These destinations include Budapest (BUD), with five daily flights; Venice (VCE) with five daily flights and Marseille (MRS) with three daily flights.

On December 1, British Airways (BA) will increase its weekly service frequency from FRA to London Heathrow (LHR) by seven flights, to 51 flights. Austrian Airlines (OS) will continue to fly four times daily to Innsbruck (INN) this winter, a service frequency unchanged from the current summer schedule.

Within Germany, Lufthansa will add seven more flights per week on each of the high-traffic routes from Frankfurt to Hamburg (HAM) and Munich (MUC), offering 107 weekly frequencies to Hamburg and 91 to Munich.

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