Lufthansa jettisons San Jose-Germany flights
San JoseLufthansa Airlines has decided to jettison its flights between Mineta San Jose International Airport and Germany, dealing a fresh blow to the travel hubâs quest to widen its reach for international flights.
The Germany-based air carrier will chop the flights by late October, and will re-book existing San Jose reservations to alternative flights.
âAfter careful review and evaluation, the decision has been made to suspend the San Jose â" Frankfurt, Germany route as of Oct. 27, 2018,â said Tal Muscal, a spokesman for The Americas, Deutsche Lufthansa.
The decision means that air travelers will lose five flights a week between San Jose and Germany.
âWe are definitely disappointed,â said Lauren Young, a spokeswoman for the airport.
The Lufthansa departure marks the second cutback within weeks in international flights that serve San Jose airport.
On Sept. 25 , Air China suspended flights between San Jose and Chinaâs seaside city of Shanghai.
âWeâre seeing some of our airlines tightening their belts and reviewing their operations, especially in markets with competing commercial service airports such as the Bay Area,â Young said.
Among the issues Young cited: The cost of jet fuel.
âJet fuel prices are spiking and now average $87 a barrel,â said Young, who added that jet fuel is as much as 60 percent higher than last spring.
San Jose still has access to multiple choice destinations in Europe, as well as to India, through daily nonstop flights offered by British Airways between San Jose and Londonâs Heathrow airport, according to Young.
The Lufthansa routes were no longer viable, the carrier determined after a review of the economics of the flights, the airline said.
âThis decision is based solely on the commercial viability of the route, which has decreased despite substantial sales efforts,â Muscal said.
Jolted by the Lufthansa and Air China exits, San Jose officials preferred to focus on upcoming new nonstop routes slated for 2019.
Among the high-profile new routes: Southwest Airlines is planning flights between San Jose and Hawaii, which are pending approval by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Plus, San Jose airport officials are convinced that, by the end of 2018, the travel hub will top 14 million passengers for the first time in its history.
Over the 12 months that ended in August, passenger traffic totaled 13.85 million. The passenger totals at San Jose in August were 15 percent higher than the same month the year before.
In addition, new non-stop flights are being planned for Carlsbad in northern San Diego County, Tucson, Arizona; El Paso, Texas; Detroit; the Seattle-Everett areas; and Leon in central Mexico.
âThe airport is still growing,â Young said.Source: Google News Germany | Netizen 24 Germany