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Beginning Oct. 25, Denver will once again be connected nonstop with Europe, as service from Munich, Germany resumes on Lufthansa. An additional nonstop option to Europe will be available for travelers when United resumes flights between Denver and Frankfurt in early November.The last flight between Denver and Europe operated on March 16.
“The resumption of service to Germany on both United and Lufthansa marks a significant milestone in our continued recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said DEN CEO Kim Day.“As Germany reopens to the U.S., these flights will provide access for local passengers and travelers who need to connect through our large hub network.”
Lufthansa first began service to Denver in March 2001. Over the past two decades, Lufthansa has transported more than 4.5 millionpassengers between Denver and the carrier’s German hubs which provide onward connectivity to destinations around the world. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lufthansa operated two daily flights from Denver to Germany –one to Munich, and one to Frankfurt. The carrier’s return to Denver will begin with three weekly flights to Munich on an Airbus A350-900 aircraft, with a plan to add morefrequency as demand conditions improve.
“The Lufthansa Group is committed to connecting passengers and serving as a bridge between the continents,” said Larry Ryan, senior director of USA sales for the Lufthansa Group. “We are especially excited to resume service for our Denver-based customers as we expand our network connections for the benefit of all travelers in the region.
”United is Denver’s largest carrier and has maintained a strong network of nonstop destinations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including service to popular National Park and leisure destinations like Jackson Hole, Aspen and Durango. In both October and November, Denver ranks as United’s largest hub airport with the airline adding flights back into its Denver schedule more quickly than its other hubs. United will resume flights between Denver and Frankfurt on Nov. 2. Service will operate three days per week on Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
“As we start to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, we are thrilled to welcome back our first international long-haul flight from our Denver hub with the resumption of our Frankfurt service, offering our customers a convenient nonstop connection to Europe for the first time since March. A lot has changed about the flying experience since the pandemic hit, but we remain just as passionate about connectingpeople and uniting the world,” said Matt Miller, Vice President of Denver Airport Operations, United Airlines.
United and Lufthansa are both founding members of the Star Alliance. They are also part of a transatlantic joint venturewhich provides value to customers of both carriers, including access to theirrespectiveglobal networks.
International service from DEN stopped in April 2020, due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions. Since June, DEN has provided service to destinations in Mexico and Canada on both U.S.-and international-flag carriers.Restrictions remain in place for travel between the U.S. and Germany. Current regulations governing travel for U.S. citizens to Germany are available here.