Lufthansa is extending its private jet service toFrankfurt following positive uptake of the product atMunich.
The private jets were launched fromMunich on a trial basis in March, offering short-haul connections acrossEurope. The jets can be booked for flights to over 1,000 European destinations at a time that suits the passenger, rather than being confined by Lufthansa's schedule.
Another benefit is that customs, baggage, immigration and security are expedited. Lufthansa hopes this will encourage premium passengers arriving at or leavingFrankfurt on long-haul flights to book the jets for a short-haul connection that suits their schedule.
But passengers using the private jet service fromFrankfurt will need to add up to 30 minutes to the trip because the jets are being operated out of nearbyEgelsbach Airport, a quieter airfield. Complimentary chauffeur to Egelsbach is included in the cost of hiring the jets.
Passengers are also offered a complimentary chauffeur to Lufthansa's new First Class Terminal atFrankfurt, which includes a lounge and business area, a la carte restaurant and luxurious bathrooms.
The aircraft used by Lufthansa have a seating capacity of seven passengers. The price you pay is for the entire aircraft, plus up to 300 euro per additional passenger. A fare structure forFrankfurt private jets is still being devised but example fares fromMunich are from 4550 euros for Munich- Lugano or 9,530 euros for Dublin-Billund.
Private jet flights can be booked up to 24 hours ahead. Go to www.lufthansa.com or call the dedicated call centre,+49 18 02 99 33 00.
Report by Ginny McGrath