Frankfurt Airport’s new winter timetable for 2009-10 goes into effect on Sunday, October 25 in tandem with the daylight savings time change throughout Europe and features 4,275 flight departures per week.
Although there will be 2.0 per cent fewer flights offered compared with last year’s winter timetable, the number of available seats will remain almost unchanged at 655,000 per week ― down only 0.3 per cent year-on-year, according to Fraport AG, the operator of Frankfurt Airport (FRA).
Fraport says the number of intercontinental and domestic flights on offer is particularly strong this winter season. There will be a 2.5 per cent jump in intercontinental departures from FRA, as well as a 4.9 per cent rise in domestic connections ,compared with last year’s winter schedule.
In early November Continental Airlines inaugurates a new daily nonstop service between Houston Intercontinental (IAH) and Frankfurt, giving FRA two flights a day to the Texas metropolis. Oman Airlines has been flying four times a week nonstop to Muscat (MCT), the capital of the Sultanate of Oman on the Persian Gulf, since September. The Frankfurt-Kabul (KBL) service inaugurated in June by the new FRA entrant Safi Airways of Afghanistan will continue for the winter season.
Routes to Africa also will grow, with services to Nigeria expanding significantly. Lufthansa will provide two services from FRA to Nigeria every day, one to the capital city of Abuja (ABV) and one to Lagos (LOS). New African destinations this winter include the coastal city of Port Harcourt, also in Nigeria; and Libreville (LBV) in Gabon, added to Lufthansa’s FRA route network in mid-July.
Destinations no longer being served from FRA include Delta Air Lines’ Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky (CVG) service (dropped in September) and Lufthansa’s service to Portland, Oregon (PDX).
In Europe, Air Baltic began flying from FRA to the Lithuanian capital of Riga (RIX) on the Baltic Sea since September. Introduced in the summer, Luthansa’s new service to Poznan (POZ) in west central Poland continues to be offered daily in the winter timetable. Likewise, the southeastern Polish city of Rzeszow (RZE) will be served with five connections per week.
Turkish airline Pegasus will add Frankfurt-Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen Airport (SAW) service to its winter schedule. With the deletion of its Frankfurt-Barcelona (BCN) route, Spain’s Clickair will stop serving FRA. Because Olympic Airways is no longer active in the German market, its daily service to Athens (ATH) will be dropped.
Two key domestic German routes will see expanded service from Frankfurt this winter. Air Berlin will operate a new service to Hamburg, 31 times weekly; and Lufthansa will increase its Frankfurt-Hamburg flights to 100 per week and its Frankfurt-Berlin services to 105 a week. However, Lufthansa dropped its Frankfurt-Paderborn route in July.