Lufthansa Group has announced an expansion of service from the start of June, with a total of 106 destinations across its Lufthansa, Eurowings and Swiss subsidiaries.

Current repatriation schedules will cease on May 31, and the group will start to offer “significantly more destinations in Germany and Europe”.

Exact details are set to be published this week, but the group has confirmed that “numerous sunny destinations such as Mallorca, Sylt, Rostock and Crete” will be served.

No mention is made of subsidiary carriers Austrian and Brussels Airlines, both of which have grounded all flights until the end of May.

There will be a total of 160 Lufthansa Group aircraft in operation during June – up from the current 80, but still leaving a considerable portion of the group’s 760-odd fleet grounded.

“We sense a great desire and longing among people to travel again,” said Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of German Lufthansa AG.

“Hotels and restaurants are slowly opening, and visits to friends and family are in some cases being allowed again.

“With all due caution, we are now making it possible for people to catch up and experience what they had to do without for a long time. It goes without saying that the safety and health of our guests and employees are of the highest priority.”

The group warned of longer waiting times at airport security checkpoints, and said that onboard catering services will remain restricted “until further notice”.

It also said that the group’s recent requirement for all passengers to wear face masks had been “very positively received and accepted by guests”.

In a separate release Swiss said that it plans to resume around 15-20 per cent of services next month, with around 140 weekly flights from Zurich to 30 destinations in Europe, and another 40 from Geneva.

The carrier is already operating three weekly flights to Newark, and said that “further intercontinental destinations will be added in June”.

For our round-up of carriers increasing services over the next month or so, see:

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