Lufthansa ups Mexico flights

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Lufthansa Cargo is increasing its flights to Asia, Africa and Mexico in its latest winter schedule.

The German carrier is increasing weekly connections to Mexico City from six to a total of seven weekly freighter rotations. In July, all freighter flights were transferred to Felipe Ángeles International Airport and truck shuttles introduced to transfer cargo between the now passenger-only Mexico City airport the designated cargo hub.

Lufthansa Cargo now operates to eight destinations in the US and Canada and six in South America.

It will also operate three weekly B777 freighter services to Tel Aviv and Cairo from October.

Frequency to Hong Kong will be increased from six to seven weekly flights by routing via Mumbai and, with a combined connection from Frankfurt via Riyadh to Taipei (it will add two new freighter destinations in November, served twice a week. Taipei will become part of the global route network for the first time, while Riyadh was served by Lufthansa Cargo up to 2020.

The planned entry into service of a fourth Airbus A321 freighter during September will soon result in further expansions in short- and medium-haul services.

Lufthansa Cargo chief executive, Ashwin Bhat, said: “The market for airfreight is and remains volatile, but Asia and Mexico continue to be attractive, economically strong regions for us. The additional capacity of our 17th Boeing 777F in our long-haul fleet offers opportunities to specifically adapt the flight offering to the needs of our customers in these markets.”

Lufthansa’s Boeing 777 freighter fleet will comprise a total of 17 aircraft with the addition of a new aircraft by the end of the year.

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