Lufthansa to Add San Diego to List of Long-Haul Destinations

John McDermott

Lufthansa is adding a new long-haul route between San Diego and Frankfurt in 2018. Photo Source: NBC San Diego

Last Tuesday, German airline Lufthansa announced that, in 2018, it will add San Diego as a new destination in the U.S. Flights will operate five times per week between San Diego and its hub in Frankfurt, Germany. The service will be the first time that Lufthansa has ever flown to San Diego. The specific start date of the route, scheduling information, and ticket prices have yet to be released by the airline. (More information will be made public on the carrier’s website.)

“With our upcoming service to San Diego, we will soon be connecting four cities in both Northern and Southern California with Frankfurt, Germany for the very first time,” said Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Lufthansa Group’s airline sales Vice President for the Americas. “In summer 2018, San Diegans will be able to fly direct to Frankfurt while experiencing Lufthansa’s state-of-the-art technologies, premium products, environmentally friendly fleet, and quality service.”

“We’re please to add Lufthansa to our growing list of international air carriers,” said Kimberly Becker, president and CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, “Lufthansa will ties us into a new European hub system year round. It will enable San Diego businesses and leisure passengers to reach new destinations not currently accessible via London Heathrow on a year-round basis.”

Lufthansa will compete with German leisure airline Condor, who currently flies seasonal flights between Frankfurt and San Diego. Condor, who used to be owned by Lufthansa, began flying the route twice a week with plans to add a third flight this summer. In contrast to Condor, Lufthansa will have a greater flight frequency and will operate year-round flights.

Condor Airlines operates a seasonal flight between Frankfurt and San Diego.
Photo source: AirlineReporter

Edelweiss, an airline based in Switzerland, also introduced a seasonal route to San Diego this year. Click here to read an article on the service provided by Condor and Edelweiss.

San Diego isn’t the only destination that is receiving fanfare at Lufthansa. Lufthansa’s Munich-Chicago route will increase frequency to ten times per week, instead of the current number of seven flights per week.

The carrier also has plans to reintroduce its Munich-Singapore route in 2018. The route will be served five times per week, and will be operated by an A380. Lufthansa will also use its A380 aircraft on other new routes from Munich to destinations such as Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Beijing. To meet A380 demand for these new routes, Lufthansa will move five of its fourteen A380 aircraft to Munich, adding as many as 500 new jobs to the region.

Lufthansa is moving almost half of its A380 aircraft from Frankfurt to Munich.
Photo source: Lufthansa Flyer / Boarding Area

“With the A380 we can offer our Munich customers a premium aircraft at a 5-star Hub,” said Harry Hohmeister, a member of the Executive board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG who is responsible for hub management. “In recent years, we have made great progress in steering our hubs. We harmonized and integrated processes and are now more flexible in utilizing our aircraft at different locations. Quality, efficiency, and growth will always remain our top priority.”

Lufthansa already flies between Frankfurt and Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San José. Besides Frankfurt, San Diego currently serves other European routes to London and Zurich. San Diego airport officials are also advertising to airlines interested in connecting the city to China.