September 30. Lufthansa Group airlines has reported a major boost in bookings to the United States in the past week, seeing some routes return to pre-pandemic levels.
The German carrier said on certain days, its flights across the Atlantic “increased three-fold” compared to the previous week.
The uptick follows shortly after the White House announced the long-awaited reopening of US borders to Europe for the fully vaccinated.
“Lufthansa Group expects that the opening of the US to vaccinated EU travellers will be a signal for other countries and regions to make international air travel easier again and roll back travel restrictions,” the company said.
It said flights with SWISS from Zurich and Lufthansa from Frankfurt to New York, and from Frankfurt and Zurich to Miami received the highest bookings.
Lufthansa said the rise in bookings came from both leisure and business travellers.
Trans-Atlantic travel was paused since March 2020, one of the longest periods of border closures between included nations – taking a major toll on European and US tourism.
America maintained a tight grip on its borders – despite high vaccination rates – as the Delta strain of COVID-19 surged across Europe.
The inevitable pent-up demand has led to Lufthansa launching additional flights to the US on short notice, such as offering a combined total of three daily flights to Miami.
Source: World of Aviation