LUFTHANSA UNVEILS LOW-COST AIR SERVICE TO ST PETERSBURG01.04.2013
Lufthansa, the largest foreign airline company serving St. Petersburg, is to introduce changes to its service both to the city beginning July 1 this year.
According to the new operational structure the company’s budget airline, Germanwings, will take over all Lufthansa flights to non-hub German cities such as Berlin, Dusseldorf and Hamburg, while Lufthansa-branded flights will continue to serve Munich and Frankfurt. Lufthansa’s flights from St. Petersburg to Dusseldorf will also be taken over by Germanwings later this year.
The new Germanwings flights will offer three classes of economy service. The lowest available tariff will see ticket prices starting at 33 euros. Similar to other low-cost carriers the price will not include a meal or luggage allowance. Passengers travelling on this tariff will be able to choose seats from the 11th row to the back of the plane, and will be offered paid supplementary services. The other economy class tarrifs will offer a range of upgrades on the basic service including seats at the front of the plane, free luggage allowances and meals.
Concurrent with Lufthansa’a changes, Austrian Airlines, which is part of Lufthansa Group, will expand its service to St. Petersburg by adding seven more flights a week between St. Petersburg and Vienna to its summer schedule. Currently Austrian Airlines offers a single daily flight from the city to Vienna.
In 2012 Lufthansa carried 463,000 passengers between Germany and St. Petersburg, which represented a growth of two percent over passenger numbers for 2011, according to Lufthansa representatives.