Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Lufthansa Threaten To Scrap Freighter Fleet

Decision hinges on night flights from Frankfurt
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – The Chief Executive of Lufthansa Cargo has told Reuters that the German airline could sell-off its fleet of cargo aircraft if night flights were banned from the company’s main hub at Frankfurt.

In an interview Carsten Spohr said that current proposals to stop or reduce the number of night flights from the airport would “mean that it no longer pays off to have our own cargo fleet.”

In a worst case scenario he envisaged the complete reduction of Lufthansa Cargo’s nineteen strong fleet.

His comments come after a German court last week decided that the state of Hesse, in which Frankfurt is located, should take responsibility for the decision.

Spohr also stated that moving Lufthansa’s cargo operations to another city was not viable.