Lufthansa Group has announced the conclusion of its repatriation flight program in the wake of the COVID-19 fallout. The multi-national, German-owned flag carrier has seen the over month-long program bring roughly 90,000 passengers back to Central Europe onboard on of its various airlines.
The evacuation of Germans aboard began back on March 13 and has consisted of 437 flights operating between 106 airports across the globe. Lufthansa’s part in the program ended with the arrival of a Lufthansa flight which touched down this week following a flight from Lima, Peru. Lufthansa noted that some of these routes were special just for this location, resulting in Lufthansa Group carriers appearing in unusual locations compared to their pre-coronavirus route map. The airline group’s subsidiaries still have 11 flights to operate within the coming days before the project reaches its termination.
Of the 88,000 passengers who were rescued in the face of the pandemic, over 42,000 were brought home on Lufthansa equipment. Next highest was Eurowings with 18,000, Swiss and Edelweiss combined for 14,000 and the rest via Austrian, Brussels and Air Dolomiti.
The outreach to these countries resulted in both airlines and airports noting the unusual arrivals on social media as the repatriation flights occurred.