Frankfurt Airport's Winter Timetable 2013/14: Number of Seats Offered Per Week Grows

Frankfurt Airport's Winter Timetable 2013/14: Number of Seats Offered Per Week

  PR Newswire

  FRANKFURT, Germany, October 25, 2013

FRANKFURT, Germany, October 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Greater Use of Modern Long-haul Aircraft - Increased Frequencies in
Continental Traffic - Cargo Segment Stabilizes - FRA's Global Network Features
99 Passenger Airlines Serving 252 Destinations in 107 Countries

FRA/rap> Frankfurt Airport's (FRA) Winter Timetable 2013/14, which goes into
effect on Sunday, October 27, will feature 99 passenger airlines serving 252
destinations in 107 countries worldwide. Compared to the 2012 winter
schedule, the number of destinations will drop by 12 to 252 and the number of
countries by 6 to 107. Nevertheless, more than half of FRA's network - 136
intercontinental destinations around the globe - are located outside of
Europe, thus underscoring the position and importance of Frankfurt as a vital
international aviation hub. With nearly 4,000 flight departures per week for
all planned passenger flights, FRA's level of flight offerings will remain the
same as last year's winter schedule. However, the total number of seats
available per week will grow by 2.2 percent to 670,000. This can be
attributed to the sustainable trend at Frankfurt toward the greater use of
larger aircraft types, whereby the average number of seats per plane will
increase by 4 to 170 seats this coming winter timetable.

Three new intercontinental destinations, which were already introduced during
the 2013 summer schedule, will also be served this winter: Air China will fly
thrice weekly to Chengdu in China, and Iraqi Airways once a week to Bagdad and
Erbil in Iraq. 

Lufthansa will be deploying the most modern long-haul aircraft - the Airbus
A380 and the Boeing 747-8 - on three additional routes via its FRA home base
this winter. Since the end of September 2013, Lufthansa has already been
flying the A380 superjumbo five times per week to the Chinese megacity of
Shanghai, while the B747-8 has started shuttling between Frankfurt and Mexico
City; and the third route will be served in October 2013 by a B747-8 on the
FRA to Chicago run.

Frequencies on the Lufthansa routes to Philadelphia (U.S.A.) will increase
from two to seven flights per week and to Damman (Saudi Arabia) from three to
also seven flights per week via Frankfurt. In contrast, Lufthansa has decided
to drop in December 2013 two African destinations from the schedule:
Libreville in Gabon and Pointe Noire in the Congo Republic. Although TAM
Airlines discontinued its connection to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August
2013, Lufthansa will continue flying daily from FRA to Rio during the Winter
Timetable 2013/14. Due to the ongoing civil war in Syria, flights to Aleppo
and Damascus will still not be offered via FRA.

New in European traffic via FRA, there will be a total of 11 flights per week
offered by Vueling to Barcelona, Spain, and by BMI Regional to Bristol,
England. Lufthansa will be flying once a day to Naples in southern Italy. In
addition to its existing four daily flights to Istanbul-Atatürk, Turkish
Airlines will be offering another daily connection to Sabiha Gökcen Airport
located in the Asian part of Turkey's metropolis on the Bosphorus.

For the Olympic Winter Games being held in Russia in February 2014, FRA will
provide up to three flights daily - offered by several airlines - to the host
city of Sochi on the "Russian Riviera".

Compared to last year's winter schedule, Lufthansa will increase frequencies
on a number of routes. These include Barcelona (Spain) with 49 flights per
week, Bergen (Norway) and Cracow (Poland) with 21 flights per week each, as
well as Tallinn (Estonia), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Edinburgh (U.K.) with 14
flights per week each.  More flights will be flown via FRA to Poland: with
frequencies increasing from 6 to 13 per week to Poznan in the northwest and
from 5 to 11 flights per week to Rzeszów in the southeast of the country. 

In the cargo sector, the number of freighter flights offered for the Winter
Timetable 2013/14 will remain stable at 225 flights per week. Intercontinental
connections will grow by 2.1 percent to 145 cargo departures per week,
compared to last winter's schedule. Thus, FRA will maintain its high 61.5
percent share of all German intercontinental cargo flights.

Passengers as well as meeters and greeters can check the current flight
schedule at , under the section "Flights". A
copy of the latest FRA pocket Timetable brochure can be downloaded in PDF
format. Smartphone users can also download their own copy of the FRA Airport
App (in various formats and languages), which contains current flight
information and other useful tips for their visit to the FRA global gateway. 

For Further Information, Please Contact:

Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide

Robert A. Payne - International Spokesman; Head of International Press &
External Activities Team, Press Office (UKM-PS), Corporate Communications,
60547 Frankfurt, Germany; Tel.: +49-69-690-78547; E-mail: ;
Internet: .
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