Lufthansa expects flight operations to return to normal in 2023, reports Die Welt

A Lufthansa plane carrying Ukrainian refugees from Moldova to Germany arrives at Frankfurt airport, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Frankfurt, Germany March 25, 2022. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

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BERLIN, June 25 (Reuters) – Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) does not expect its global flight operations to return to normal until 2023 after staff shortages and booming demand amid lifting restrictions COVID-19 restrictions have forced it to cancel some flights, Die Welt newspaper reported on Saturday.

“Unfortunately, a short-term improvement now this summer is hardly realistic,” Lufthansa board member Detlef Kayser told Die Welt, adding that the problem is global rather than exclusive to Germany. and that the only way out is to reduce the number of thefts.

Lufthansa has announced plans to cut around 3,000 flights, or about 15% of its capacity, at its Frankfurt and Munich hubs this summer.

The German flag carrier is trying to ensure holiday itineraries are affected as little as possible, opting instead to cancel short- and medium-haul flights with plenty of alternative travel options, Kayser told Die Welt.

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Reporting by Zuzanna Szymanska; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle

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