Lufthansa has significantly scaled back its growth plans for the markets in the former Yugoslavia this summer, affecting its services to Ljubljana, Zagreb, and Belgrade. Due to staff shortages, the airline aims to avoid the disruptions it faced last summer and is cutting back its flight operations from Munich.
The airline has also decreased its planned long-haul network and the selected flight cancellations are in place until July, with the possibility of an extension. As a result, the increased frequency of flights from Munich to former Yugoslav capitals, initially set to begin on March 26th, has been postponed until July and will be similar to last year’s schedule until further notice.
Lufthansa has abandoned its plans to introduce a second daily flight from Munich to Ljubljana in late March and will now offer a single daily flight in the late morning until July. Meanwhile, flights from Frankfurt to Ljubljana will continue to operate as planned, three times a day.
Similarly, the airline has canceled its plans to add a second daily flight between Munich and Zagreb during the peak summer months and will only operate a single daily flight with a schedule similar to its Ljubljana route. The planned capacity increase from CRJ900s to A320-family jets for the flights to Zagreb remains unchanged, as well as the double daily service from Frankfurt.
Lufthansa will maintain twice daily flights between Munich and Belgrade until July, instead of the planned three daily flights. The flights will depart from Munich in the morning and afternoon using the A320-family aircraft.
Lufthansa’s plans to increase its Frankfurt to Belgrade service to three flights per day in late March and to introduce flights from Frankfurt to Skopje in late April, as well as the plan to increase the frequency of flights from Frankfurt to Sarajevo from daily to ten per week, remain unchanged.