Lufthansa, the world’s largest airline network celebrated the start of new international nonstop service between the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and busiest airport in Germany, the Frankfurt Airport (FRA) Rhein-Main-Flughafen, on Friday, May 3, 2019.
The gate celebration included a ribbon-cutting program, cake, musical performances by Tessy Lou and the Shotgun Stars and Sophia Johnson, and remarks from the airline to announce the start of the five days per week service.
Austin marks the third Texas gateway city to have nonstop service by Lufthansa. Currently, the AUS to FRA route is the only new North American nonstop addition announced by the German carrier this year. A Star Alliance network codeshare partner, Lufthansa’s first arriving flight LH468 from FRA to AUS, touched down in Austin around 2:05 PM. Flight LH469, departed Austin at 4 PM to Frankfurt.
“Lufthansa’s service is a doorway for Central Texans to reach Europe and for global travelers to experience Austin’s art, music, and culinary culture,” said Jim Smith, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Executive Director. “Frankfurt, Germany is a desired international economic and tourist destination. We welcome the air service between the two tech hubs and the successful interchange of international tourism, business, and economic development opportunities.”
Lufthansa operates the flight with a 225 passenger Airbus A330-300 in a three-class cabin configuration. The aircraft has 42 Business Class seats, 28 Premium Economy seats, and 185 Economy Class seats. Flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Optimally timed, flight LH469 will depart Austin at 4 PM and arrive at 9:05 AM in Frankfurt the following day. For passengers flying to Austin, LH 468 is set to take off at 10 AM from the Frankfurt Airport, arriving in Austin at 2:05 PM. All times are local.
“Austin is our third gateway in Texas, offering not only a connection between two culture-rich cities but also an important link for the city’s local bourgeoning technology ecosystem and the global technology hubs which Lufthansa serves,” said Heike Birlenbach, Senior Vice President of Sales for the Lufthansa Hub Airlines and Chief Commercial Officer of the Frankfurt Hub. “Central Texas residents can now access Lufthansa’s vast network of destinations in Europe and beyond via Frankfurt. The new service also supports the growing interest in Austin for both commerce and leisure, directly benefiting the local economy and spurring further business development on both sides of the Atlantic.”
This flight offers Central Texas passengers hundreds of connections to Europe, as well as Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent. Frankfurt is Lufthansa’s main hub and is Germany’s most international city – offering a rich blend of culture and history. With a population of approximately 5.6 million, the Frankfurt Rhine-Main metropolitan region is one of Europe’s leading economic centers and a popular travel destination. Frankfurt is Germany’s financial powerhouse where the German Central Bank & the European Central Bank are both located.