Omicron forces Lufthansa to axe 33,000 flights

German national carrier Lufthansa will cut its winter flight plan by “around 10 per cent” as the spread of the Omicron variant fuels uncertainty about travel, chief executive Carsten Spohr said.

“From the middle of January to February, we see a sharp drop off in bookings”, leading the airline to cancel “33,000 flights or about 10pc” of its flights this winter, Spohr said in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS).

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“Above all we are missing passengers in our home markets of Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium, because these countries have been hit hardest by the pandemic wave,” Spohr said.

(DAWN)

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