The service may have started some months ago, but it was just two days before Christmas 2008 that Lufthansa announced how successful its roster of flights offered from Bristol Airport really were.
And yet you might be surprised to learn that its success was based on just one destination - Frankfurt International Airport.
The airline started off by offering this single service to Frankfurt, which then connects to dozens of other destinations throughout many countries all around the world. The company currently offers flights at five separate times between Bristol Airport and Frankfurt International. There are three flights every day from Monday to Thursday, with just two operating on a Friday and none at the weekends. But with the success of the service during those first few important months, who is to say they won’t expand the service to include the weekends at some point in the future?
Marianne Sammann is the general manager for Lufthansa in the UK and also in Ireland. She has said that there was a “huge demand” for the service right from the word go. They also have a membership club that soared into five figures during the first sixty minutes of them being open for business! And it certainly proved to be a good sign of success, since things have gone from strength to strength since.
So what effect has all this had on Bristol Airport itself? After all, surely a success for Lufthansa Airlines should mean a similar success for the airport too?
Of course it does. Before Lufthansa arrived at Bristol Airport and offered this connecting service to Frankfurt, a lot of passengers had to make the long and arduous journey towards London in order to get the international flight they wanted.
But now people living in and around Bristol have another choice - a real choice that means they can enjoy a much shorter journey to an up and coming airport. There is no doubt that Bristol Airport is looking to the future. The surge in passenger numbers that it has seen since Lufthansa touched down there has proved that it is an excellent alternative to Heathrow and Gatwick. Catching a connecting flight from Frankfurt in Germany is proving to be a much better alternative than travelling to Heathrow or Gatwick and possibly getting a direct flight.
Convenience is the name of the game here - and Marianne Sammann also pointed out in her statement that Lufthansa’s prices are entirely transparent. Whereas other companies might advertise their prices plus all the taxes and extras, Lufthansa doesn’t do this. It simply gives you an all in price which definitely seems to appeal to people in and around the Bristol area!
So can we expect to see developments in the service offered by Lufthansa into 2009? We can only wait and see, but as things stand they are certainly the airline to watch whenever you want to see the world and fly from Bristol Airport to do it.
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