Train to the plane will be expanded: Lufthansa on-Board card in the ICE

The Lufthansa and the Deutsche Bahn want to lure Arriving to the Frankfurt airport more and more on the Rail. As the two companies reported to be able to use Lu

Train to the plane will be expanded: Lufthansa on-Board card in the ICE

The Lufthansa and the Deutsche Bahn want to lure Arriving to the Frankfurt airport more and more on the Rail. As the two companies reported to be able to use Lufthansa passengers in the future, in addition to the four Connections between Hannover and Leipzig, as well as three of Basel in the context of the offer "train to the plane". All in all, be such bookings so that in the future, from 17 cities to Frankfurt possible.

Manfred Köhler

Deputy Department head of the Regional section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and editor of the business magazine Metropolitan.

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In the "train to the plane", as "Lufthansa Express-Rail", is displayed, the railway journey as part of the Lufthansa offer. This is likely to play a role, if someone wants to travel, for example, from Hannover to New York in the search engine of the Lufthansa enters. The train ride would replace in this case, the short-haul flight to Frankfurt. A check in the Luggage at the starting point of the trip, however, is not possible, the passengers are sitting in an ordinary train, not in a special for Lufthansa customers. Such an offer there was once, in the eighties, as the Lufthansa-Airport-Express between Düsseldorf and Frankfurt, the offer was set at the beginning of the nineties again.

Sustainable transport turning

To increase the provision of three new stations brought the two groups said, by the "intelligent link-up of rail and air traffic, we jointly support the sustainable transport turnaround in Germany". They wanted to offer more customers an end-to-end and comfortable travel chain.

The three new train stations, and which "train to the plane" might be only a first step towards the expansion. The goal is to double the offer in the next few years. The new Compounds of Hannover, Leipzig and Basel to Frankfurt and back were so selected that the connecting times to flights as short as possible. As a Ticket for the train journey, the Lufthansa on-Board card is valid. Among the cities, one of which is from "train to the plane" in the past, was offered, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Mannheim and Stuttgart.

short-haul flights

In the past year were counted, according to the Federal Statistical office on German domestic flights of all companies 23 million passengers, the international air traffic it was almost ten times the amount of 204 million avoid. The number of German domestic passengers is roughly the for years constant. At Frankfurt airport, 63 million passengers last year had Connections with foreign countries, seven million on domestic routes compared to. Finally, the air transport levy for short-haul flights has been increased from six to 13 Euro. Whether this produces the desired steering effect, to abandon climate-polluting short-haul flights, is not to say, because of the Corona pandemic, in consequence of which the passenger numbers have plummeted to.

Updated Date: 23 July 2020, 05:20

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