Due to the tense booking and traffic situation, the AUA parent company Lufthansa has drastically restricted its range of tickets for European and German flights.
For several days, flights for appointments throughout the month of July can only be purchased in the most expensive booking classes, the company confirmed on Friday corresponding information from Internet forums for frequent flyers.
Places for rebooking
The temporary measure is intended to keep seats free for rebookings resulting from the previously announced flight cancellations. These changes are to be entered into the system in the coming days. Lufthansa canceled more than 3,000 connections in July and August due to the massive capacity problems at the airports and in its own organization. In the summer, however, 95 percent of all planned flights will be carried out, the company said.
The aim is to offer all guests who are affected by a flight cancellation an alternative travel option, said a spokesman in Frankfurt. "To ensure this, the company has reduced availability on Lufthansa flights for new bookings in July."
Users report economy ticket prices in class "Y" of more than 1,000 euros from Frankfurt to London or Dubai. Single flight tickets from Frankfurt to Hamburg or Berlin should cost 400 euros. Even in business class, tickets are only available in the highest and therefore most expensive booking class "J".
Lufthansa only wants to open the system again after the rebooking has been completed and, depending on the availability of seats, also open the cheaper booking classes again. According to information from company circles, this could be the case on Wednesday (July 6th).