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Frankfurt Airport: More flights to 300 destinations in 110 countries

Frankfurt Airport’s Summer Timetable 2010, which goes into effect on Sunday, March 28, will feature a total of 4,685 departures per week – a 2.0 percent increase compared to last year’s summer schedule.  The number of intercontinental passenger flights at FRA will go up by 3.5 percent to more than one thousand departures per week. Expanding by 6.6 percent to 670 weekly flights, domestic connections will also contribute strongly to Frankfurt’s growth in flight services. Likewise, all-freighter flights will rise by 6.5 percent to 235 departures per week.   

In the intercontinental sector, Lufthansa will offer more flights to North Africa: daily flights to Tripoli, Libya, and increased frequencies to Tunis, Tunisia (10 flights per week). Etihad will operate two daily flights to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. FRA is also developing into a pivotal point in air services between Germany and Vietnam. Lufthansa will be providing three connections per week via Bangkok, while Vietnam Airlines will serve the capital city of Hanoi three times weekly and Ho Chi Minh City up to four times weekly. Furthermore, Frankfurt plays a central role in connecting Iraq and Germany. Following a war-related several-year hiatus Iraqi Airways will fly twice per week to Baghdad as well as Erbil in northern Iraq.

In European traffic, Lufthansa will introduce a new daily connection from Frankfurt to Naples, Italy, and will raise its frequencies to Milan to 10 flights per day. Lufthansa will offer thrice daily service to Marseille, France, up from the current two flights. Air Berlin will expand its Malaga, Spain, service to three flights per week. Air Malta will make a stopover three times per week in Catania, on the island of Sicily.    

In domestic traffic, a new destination will be the German holiday island of Sylt – served up to four times weekly by Air Berlin during the summer schedule.

A highlight in FRA’s new summer timetable will be Lufthansa’s first-time deployment of the A380 long-haul aircraft, which will commence regular scheduled service on intercontinental routes during the summer timetable. “At Frankfurt we are optimally prepared for scheduled service of the A380 superjumbo,” said Fraport AG executive board chairman Dr. Stefan Schulte. “Over the past few years we have invested several hundred million euros to develop the required docking positions with enlarged gate rooms as well as associated apron areas for the A380.”

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