Lufthansa Cargo plans on maintaining freighter operations to and from mainland China “as long as possible,” but at only at one third of its regular schedule, the carrier says in a customer update.
While the passenger airlines of the Lufthansa Group suspended their flights to and from China (mainland without Hong Kong) until 29 February 2020. Nanjing, Shenyang and Qingdao will not be served by passenger aircraft until the end of the winter timetable on 28 March 2020.
As such the belly capacities of these flights are not available for air cargo, it adds. However, flights to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKG) will continue to operate as scheduled.
Looking at the week ahead, Lufthansa Cargo says the following freighter services will operate into China:
- LH8404/LH8405, 5 February FRA-PVG via OVB and return
- LH8430/LH8431, 7 February FRA-PEK via OVB and return
- LH8410/LH8411, 8 February FRA-CTU via OVB and return
- LH8400/LH8401, 9/10 February FRA-PVG via OVB and return
The special flight schedule is to be continually updated in line with current developments and will comprise five connections a week, the German carrier says. This corresponds to one third of the normal winter flight schedule.
In detail, Shanghai (PVG) shall be served three times a week, Beijing (PEK) and Chengdu (CTU) once a week each. Freighter flights to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKG) will continue to operate according to schedule.
“The safety of our crews is of utmost priority for us. In order to be able to serve the Chinese market, Lufthansa Cargo has therefore taken extensive precautionary measures.
“Crew deployment on routes to China is voluntary. In addition, changes in entry regulations, for example, could restrict the feasibility of this at short notice. For this reason, publication of flights to mainland China must always be subject to reservations,” Lufthansa Cargo says.
It adds that until further notice, live animals (AVI) and the express solution BXO are not bookable on routes to and from China (mainland).