Lufthansa has outlined plans to offer “the most extensive range of vacation destinations in years” this summer, with an increase in destinations from both Frankfurt and Munich.

The carrier is adding 20 new leisure routes from Frankfurt and a further 13 new destinations from Munich, with a “special focus” on routes to the Caribbean, the Canary Islands and Greece.

Lufthansa Group said that “Effective vaccines, comprehensive testing services and strict hygiene concepts of airports and airlines are good prerequisites for the resumption, this summer, of long-awaited vacations”.

New summer European destinations from Frankfurt include Cyprus (Paphos), Croatia (Rijeka), Italy (Lamezia Terme), Tunisia (Djerba), Ponta Delgada (Azores/Portugal) and Bulgaria (Varna), while from Munich there will be new routes to  Jerez in Spain, Hurghada in Egypt, and the Greek destinations of Chania, Mykonos, Kos, Kavalla, Zakynthos and Preveza.

The group’s revamped Eurowings Discover subsidiary will offer long-haul summer services from Frankfurt to Punta Cana, Mombasa (with onward flights to Zanzibar) and Anchorage.

Flights to Mauritius and Male will both be extended into the summer season, and for those customers planning further ahead, there will be winter flights from Frankfurt to Montego Bay from November 1, and from Rhein-Main Airport to Varadero from November 2.

The group highlighted that all flights booked before May 31, 2021 will benefit from unlimited changes (after this date one free change is allowed).

The news follows Lufthansa Group carrier Austrian’s plans to resume flights to over 20 destinations this summer, with a “clear focus on tourist destinations”.

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“Our leisure travel programme for summer 2021 is stronger than ever,” said Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

“We expect many countries to relax travel restrictions towards the summer as more and more people have been vaccinated.

“We know that demand will increase sharply as soon as travel restrictions are removed – and we are well equipped to meet this with our excellent range of products and offers. There is a great yearning for travel and we believe that the summer months will reflect this.”

Lufthansa recently confirmed that its new buy-on-board service for short and medium-haul economy passengers will be introduced “in the course of the summer timetable 2021”.

Lufthansa unveils buy-on-board offering