From summer 2012 Lufthansa is increasing its presence in China.
Lufthansa is expanding its presence in the dynamic Chinese market and next year will be resuming its service to Shenyang and launching a new route to Qingdao. From 26 March 2012, an Airbus A340 with a seating capacity of 266 passengers will take off from Frankfurt for Shenyang, a key industrial centre in northeastern China. From there, the flight will continue onwards to Qingdao in Shandong Province, connecting the port city on the Yellow Sea to Lufthansa’s global route network for the first time.
“China is and will remain one of the key growth markets for Lufthansa,” says Kay Kratky, Member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board, Frankfurt & Flight Operations. “Lufthansa offers one of the widest choices of flight options to China of any of the European airlines. With the resumption of our service to Shenyang and the opening of the new route to Qingdao, we are underlining our position and offering our customers a total of 55 flights per week to six destinations in China.” Next summer, in addition to the new services to these two major cities in northeastern China, Lufthansa will fly to Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Hong Kong.
Shenyang has a population of roughly 7.2 million and lies about 700 kilometres from Beijing. It is the capital city of Liaoning province is one of China’s largest industrial centres. The economic structure of the region is dominated by motor vehicle and aircraft manufacturing, as well as by the chemical industry and the IT sector. It also has two trade fair centres, which house regular exhibitions and shows. Over the next few years, as part of a regional development strategy, Shenyang and seven major cities in the surrounding area will be integrated into the Shenyang Metropolitan Area.
The population of Qingdao is about 8.5 million. Thanks to its deep-water harbour, the city is of key importance to the oil-refining industry and goods traffic in the entire Shandong Peninsula on China’s eastern coastline. The port is the third largest in China and the ninth largest worldwide. In addition to the fishery industry, the main industries that are based here are textiles and domestic electronics, and there are a number of major tyre manufacturers. Qingdao is also one of China’s most popular beach resorts.
Lufthansa is offering a basic round-trip fare from Frankfurt to Shenyang and Qingdao starting at 579 euros. This price applies to Economy Class and includes all taxes and fees if the booking is made online at http://www.lufthansa.com. Reservations can also be made via the Lufthansa Call Center in Germany on 01805 805 805 (calls from a German landline will be charged at €0.14/min; calls via a mobile network will cost no more than €0.42/min.). Customers can also book their flights through Lufthansa-designated travel agencies or at Lufthansa sales counters at airports.