Air Canada is suspending its summer seasonal, Ottawa-Frankfurt service, with the last route operated on Oct. 24, 2019.
At the same time, Air Canada's Star Alliance partner, Lufthansa, has announced that it will launch a new route from Ottawa to Frankfurt, successfully increasing its Canadian gateways, which already include Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.
The new Ottawa route, beginning on May 16, 2020 and lasting until October 24, 2020, will be a summer seasonal flight with an Airbus A340-300 offering a seat configuration of 30 Business Class seats, 28 Premium Economy Class Seats and 221 Economy Class seats.
The flight will operate five times per week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. LH 473 will depart Ottawa at 5:50 p.m. and arrive the following day at Lufthansa's Frankfurt hub at 7:15 a.m. The return flight from Frankfurt – LH 472 – will depart at 1:45 p.m. and arrive back in Ottawa at 4:05 p.m. All times are local.
"These are exciting times for the Lufthansa Group and its expansion, growth and increased capacity in North America. We have been serving Canada for over six decades and the ongoing expansion of our airlines flying to the region, especially the addition of the new Ottawa – Frankfurt route, underscores the Lufthansa Group's ever-increasing commitment to the Canadian market, its economy and our customers," said Hans DeHaan, senior director of sales Canada, Lufthansa Group.
Lufthansa's Ottawa service employs the Airbus A330-300 in a three-class cabin configuration. The aircraft includes 30 Business Class, 28 Premium Economy and 221 Economy Class seats to accommodate a total of 279 passengers.
Lufthansa's state-of-the-art aircraft offers customers an onboard experience that includes comfortable seating in all classes, acclaimed culinary offerings, a plethora of in-flight entertainment operations and Wi-Fi throughout the entire journey.
The Lufthansa Group – with its airlines Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Edelweiss, Eurowings and Swiss International Air Lines – as well as its Star Alliance and joint venture partner Air Canada, additionally offer a large range of options to fly from Canada to Europe and beyond. Passengers specifically arriving in Frankfurt can connect to over 1,300 destinations worldwide through Lufthansa Group carriers and Star Alliance partners—the world's largest airline network.
Aside from the new Ottawa route, the Lufthansa Group also serves four other Canadian gateways:
Beginning in March 2020, Brussels Airlines will launch its new, non-stop seasonal service between Montréal, Quebec and Brussels, Belgium.
With Brussels' new gateway in Montreal, Lufthansa Group's passenger airlines will be fully represented in this region, joining Austrian, which was successfully introduced to Montreal in April 2019, as well as Lufthansa and SWISS.
Lufthansa offers year-round, daily flights from Toronto to its two hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.
Lufthansa and Edelweiss (a subsidiary of SWISS) fly to Vancouver. Lufthansa flies daily from Vancouver to its two main hubs in Frankfurt and Munich, while Edelweiss offers service from Vancouver to Zurich on a seasonal basis.
SWISS's subsidiary, Edelweiss, offers seasonal flights from Calgary to Zurich. The next timetable runs from May - August 2020.
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