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Lufthansa Tests ‘SmartDepart’ to Speed Up Departures in Munich

Lufthansa Tests ‘SmartDepart’ to Speed Up Departures in Munich

Lufthansa announced the debut of “SmartDepart,” a new fast lane at Munich Airport that expedites passengers’ wait times at security.
The complimentary service is available daily, from 6 a.m. through 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. through 6:30 p.m., at Terminal 2 of the airport, to all passengers with one piece of luggage regardless of elite status traveling to Düsseldorf, Berlin Tegel, Frankfurt, and Hamburg.
The separate lane will be located in the …

Lufthansa to Add More Destinations from Frankfurt, Munich

Lufthansa to Add More Destinations from Frankfurt, Munich

Lufthansa announced that it plans to offer new flights from both Frankfurt and Munich next summer, as well as increase its flights to existing destinations.
The carrier will begin service between Frankfurt and San Diego next year, with five weekly flights between the two cities.
From Munich, Lufthansa plans to begin new service to Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Beijing. The carrier will use Airbus A380 aircraft to operate the new routes.
In …

Air Canada to Link Vancouver with Nagoya, Frankfurt, Add 9 Additional International Routes

Air Canada to Link Vancouver with Nagoya, Frankfurt, Add 9 Additional International Routes

Air Canada announced the launch of new seasonal service from Vancouver to Nagoya, Japan and Frankfurt, Germany. In addition, the airline plans to launch nine additional new international routes from Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal this summer.
The flights to Nagoya will be offered four times a week and will be operated using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, while flights to Frankfurt will be operated daily using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. On June 8, Air …

War of Words: Turbulence in the German-American Transatlantic Partnership

MUNICH—Germany and the United States have, since the end of the Second World War, been the closest of allies and partners. The relationship has been predicated on the two nations’ strong beliefs in democratic ideals and a strong transatlantic economic trade partnership.
The Berlin Airlift and the Marshall Plan did much to cement a positive perception of the United States in Germany much as U.S. opposition to the punitive Versailles treaty …

Trump Threatens the ‘Very Bad’ German Auto Industry

Trump Threatens the ‘Very Bad’ German Auto Industry

MUNICH—President Trump appears to not like the fact that German automobiles have been selling in the United States as well as they have.
During Thursday’s NATO summit in Brussels, the president reportedly threatened to call a halt to sales of German cars in the United States and had some choice words for them and a supposed trade imbalance between the two countries.
The Germans “are bad, very bad,” several participants in the …

Hilton Munich Airport Completes Massive Expansion

Hilton Munich Airport Completes Massive Expansion

Hilton Hotels and Resorts announced the completion of a major expansion of the Hilton Munich Airport hotel in Germany, formerly the Kempinski Munich Airport.
The hotel, which connects directly to Terminal 2 at the airport, now offers 162 additional guestrooms, bringing the total number of rooms to 551. Rooms on the top floor of the hotel offer views of the airport’s runway.
Rooms feature design elements of the Alps, given the airport’s …

IHG to Open New Holiday Inn in Munich

IHG to Open New Holiday Inn in Munich

InterContinental Hotels Group announced plans to open a new Holiday Inn in Munich, Germany.
The Holiday Inn Munich – North will be a dual-branded property along with the Holiday Inn Express Munich – North on the Ingolstädter Straße. The new hotel will feature what the hotelier calls an Open Lobby, which brings together a lounge area, bar, and restaurant. It will have 156 guestrooms, a fitness center, and 11 meeting and …