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Lufthansa Launches Flights from Frankfurt to Three New Destinations

Lufthansa Launches Flights from Frankfurt to Three New Destinations

Lufthansa announced the start of three new routes from Frankfurt this week. The carrier began service to Cancun, Mexico on Tuesday, followed by flights to Malé, located in the Maldives, on Wednesday, and service to Mauritius on Thursday.
Flights to Cancun depart Frankfurt Airport at 2:25 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays and arrive at Cancun International Airport at 8:55 p.m. From Cancun, flights depart at 8:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays, …

Lufthansa Launches Virtual Globetrotter Travel Game

Lufthansa Launches Virtual Globetrotter Travel Game

Lufthansa unveiled Virtual Globetrotter, an online game that allows players to travel around the world while testing geography skills.
Points are earned by flying a plane to a specific destination that is also a Lufthansa gateway, and are based on time and accuracy. In addition, more points may be earned by completing challenges about each destination.
The game starts with a “world map adventure” that included a quiz about a German city. …

German Court Orders Lufthansa Pilots Back to Work

German Court Orders Lufthansa Pilots Back to Work

A German court, the hessische Landesarbeitsgericht, ordered striking pilots at Lufthansa to return to work, overturning a ruling by a lower court.
The strike, which began Tuesday, impacted over 140,000 travelers after the strike caused the cancellation of multiple long-haul flights on Tuesday.  The strike was extended to cover medium- and short-haul flights on Wednesday.
“The strike of the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit has ended,” the airline said in a statement on …

Concur Announces Partnerships with Lufthansa, Lyft, HotelTonight

Concur Announces Partnerships with Lufthansa, Lyft, HotelTonight

Concur Technologies, which was acquired by SAP last September, announced partnerships with HotelTonight, Lufthansa, and Lyft on Monday.
Lufthansa is adding support for TripLink, Concur’s middleware offering that connects travel sites such as Lufthansa’s website to Concur’s back office systems that manage travel and expenses. It allows business travelers to take advantage of their negotiated rates no matter where they book their travel, and offers improved visibility and negotiating power.
Concur also …

Lufthansa Group Plans €16 Surcharge for Third-Party Bookings

Lufthansa Group Plans €16 Surcharge for Third-Party Bookings

Lufthansa Group and its airlines – Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines – announced plans to increase overall profitability by moving more flight bookings onto its own channels and adding a surcharge for tickets booked using global distribution systems, or GDS.
Primary users of global distribution systems are online and traditional travel agents.
Beginning September 1, 2015, Europe’s largest airline group will include a “Distribution Cost Charge” of …

Air Traffic Control Strike in France Causes Thousands of Flight Cancellations

Air Traffic Control Strike in France Causes Thousands of Flight Cancellations

Air traffic control workers in France began a two-day strike on Wednesday, causing thousands of flights that would fly over French airspace to be cancelled and delayed.
The French Civil Aviation Authority DGAC asked airlines to cancel approximately 40% of their flights on Wednesday, and warned that that number could be as high as 50% on Thursday, April 9.
Air France, the country’s flag carrier, which has its main hub at Charles …

Airlines Across the Globe Move to Require Two Crew Members at All Times Following Germanwings Crash

Airlines Across the Globe Move to Require Two Crew Members at All Times Following Germanwings Crash

In the wake of Tuesday’s crash of a Germanwings Airbus A320 aircraft that is believed to have been caused by the co-pilot after he locked the captain out of the cockpit, killing 149 other passengers and crew members, numerous airlines and regulatory agencies announced plans to implement a protocol requiring two crew members to be in the cockpit at all times has come under scrutiny.
U.S. airlines follow a protocol introduced …