In December 2020, Eurowings will start flying passengers for the first time to Beirut, Lebanon and Erbil, Iraq.
Lufthansa (LHAB) (LHA) subsidiary’s new flights fall under the category of “families and homeland visits” and are aimed for passengers visiting their families during the holiday period. The airline has been operating flights to Greece, Croatia, Algeria and Turkey in this market segment.
From December 19, 2020, the flights from Berlin to Beirut and from Düsseldorf to Erbil will start. From December 22, 2020, Düsseldorf – Beirut and from February 2, 2021, from Stuttgart to Beirut.
“Visiting families and friends is particularly valuable in times of crisis. People of all nationalities regularly seek closeness and personal exchange with their relatives. We make this possible with attractive non-stop connections to the respective home countries. We are seeing continued stable demand in this segment, even in the last weeks and months of the Corona crisis,” said Jens Bischof, CEO of Eurowings.
Tickets to Beirut for a one-way start from €139, to Erbil from €159. To enter both countries, passengers need to present a negative COVID-19 test.
Due to the pandemic, the airline had to reduce its traffic but is focusing on the domestic programs as well as weekly flights to Canary and Greek islands.