German flag-carrier Lufthansa announced on Monday (16 March) that it would curb its long-haul flight operations by 90% because of the coronavirus outbreak. Subsidiary Austrian Airlines has ceased services completely.
The 90% cut will come into effect on Tuesday, the group said in a statement, and intra-EU flights will also be heavily curtailed; just 20% will take-off as planned. Austrian will stop flying until at least 28 March.
Customers booked onto flights from tomorrow onwards will be offered travel with another airline, the statement added.
Lufthansa is continuing to offer evacuation flights – for stranded cruise ship passengers and holidaymakers – and 20 scheduled services aim to return German, Austrian, Swiss and Belgian citizens to their homelands.
The German airline’s cargo operations have so far gone about business as usual – apart from cancellations to mainland China – and Lufthansa intends for those services to remain unaffected.