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Lufthansa to Reduce Operations in Russia

Lufthansa is due to the economic downturn has decided to suspend their flights to Samara, Nizhny Novgorod and in Moscow Vnukovo airport. About it reports TASS with reference to the press service of the carrier.

Flights from Vnukovo airport will be suspended from August 31. Flights from Samara and Nizhny Novgorod will be suspended from 6 and 7 September respectively.

“For us it was a hard decision, but we must ensure the profitability of our routes around the world. We believe that the economic situation will change, and after the fall of the market is waiting for growth and development,” said regional Director of Lufthansa in Russia and the CIS Axel Hilgers.

The company stressed that Lufthansa will keep these directions in the spotlight and will consider the possibility of the resumption of flights as soon as the economic situation stabilizes. The press service explained that, despite the comprehensive support in the development of transportation Lufthansa Vnukovo airport, in current market conditions, the airline decided to consolidate their flights to Moscow and to do all flights to Frankfurt from Domodedovo airport.

Flagship carrier of Germany, Lufthansa is systematically reducing its network of routes in Russia. If earlier the company had flown in 10 Russian cities, now the aircraft will take only Moscow and St. Petersburg.

In March, Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways announced the suspension of flights to Moscow from 1 June 2015, explaining the decision to economic reasons and falling passenger numbers. In February, Thai Airways announced the termination of the flight program on the route Bangkok — Moscow from 29 March 2015. Earlier, on the termination of flights to Moscow from Vienna said the airline NIKI, and Aigle Azur has cancelled flights from Paris to Moscow.