Lufthansa says it is experiencing “a sharp rise in intercontinental and intra-European bookings for the upcoming Christmas and New Year travel season”.

The positive news has resulted in the carrier adding new flights  to and from destinations in Europe, as well as increasing the frequency of existing connections.

The airline said that “up to 400 per cent more people booked destinations overseas as well as Southern and Northern Europe” last week compared to the week before, with festive flights to South Africa (Cape Town and Johannesburg), Namibia (Windhoek), the Canary Islands, Madeira and Northern Finland “particularly in demand”

Lufthansa said that it is now flying to “almost every island in the Canary Islands” from both Frankfurt and Munich, and from December 19 will serve La Palma and Fuerteventura from Frankfurt for the first time.

There will also be flights to Seville and Palermo from Frankfurt and Munich, as well as “classic routes” from Frankfurt to Dublin, Gdansk, Salzburg, Turin and Naples, and from Munich to Paris, Madrid, Helsinki, Athens, Rome, Oslo, Warsaw and Lisbon.

In Northern Finland the carrier will operate flights from Frankfurt to Ivalo and Kuusamo, and from Munich to Kittila, catering for the region’s “the snow-assured and spectacular ski resorts”.

Commenting on the news Harry Hohmeister, member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said:

“The longing to travel is great worldwide. As soon as travel restrictions fall, we see a significant increase in bookings.

“This is especially true for the vacation season around Christmas and New Year. Taking into account the highest hygiene and safety standards, we want to fulfill our guests’ vacation dreams wherever possible.

“In the coming weeks, we will therefore continue to flexibly adjust our flight schedules to demand at short notice.”

Earlier this year Lufthansa announced a raft of new short and long-haul leisure routes for summer 2021.

At the time the carrier said that launching additional tourist destinations had been a focus for the airline “even before the coronavirus pandemic”, adding that its goal was to “actively shape the future of tourism”.

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