Lufthansa is adding a flight to Miami, moving to fill the void about to be created by the imminent shutdown of Air Berlin.
The airline is rushing to reinstate a nonstop A330-300 flight from Dusseldorf to Miami to begin within weeks, on November 8. The flight will initially operate three times weekly.
In the summer of 2018, Lufthansa’s low-cost Eurowings subsidiary will take over the Miami-Dusseldorf flight.
Air Berlin has been declared insolvent and is winding down long haul operations. The airline has flown to Miami for over a decade, after taking over LTU operations.
In recent years, Air Berlin has been among the top five European airlines at MIA. In 2014, Air Berlin had 291,601 passengers at MIA, compared to Lufthansa’s 337,596 (Air Berlin passenger carry dropped since then, while Lufthansa grew).
In addition to daily Dusseldorf flights, Air Berlin operates Miami to Berlin flights. While Eurowings long-haul aircraft will be based in Berlin next summer, no announcement has been made yet if they will fly to Miami.
Lufthansa and subsidiaries Swiss, Austrian and Eurowings have a large and growing operation at MIA. This winter, routes will include Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Zurich, and Vienna, with up to six flights a day, including an A380 – all with no competition.