Monday, 27 July 2020

Frankfurt Flights Back At London City Airport

Another key business route will be returning to London's most centrally located convenient airport, London City, from 7th September.

The German carrier Lufthansa and the docklands located London City Airport have confirmed that from the start of September the direct central London and Frankfurt service will resume with two flights a day. 

London City Airport’s Head of Aviation, Anne Doyere, said:  "The resumption of our Frankfurt route is a significant milestone for London City Airport and a positive sign for the UK’s and Europe’s economic recovery, restoring a very popular connection between two of the world’s most important financial centres.

We have already seen demand from passengers to travel, especially for a summer holiday after months of lockdown. As restrictions continue to ease, with businesses increasing activity and more people getting back to work, we anticipate demand for business travel on routes such as this will grow as we head into the autumn. Lufthansa’s decision to resume this route with twice-daily flights demonstrates their confidence in that too.

“We are working with all of our airline partners to re-establish other important and popular routes as soon as possible, to provide the fast and convenient connectivity needed to recover from the impact of the Coronavirus."

Lufthansa will initially operate two flights a day between London City Airport and Frankfurt, offering passengers the opportunity to connect into the airline’s wider international route network from its Frankfurt hub. When combined with its subsidiaries, Lufthansa is the second-largest airline in Europe in terms of passengers carried.

London City Airport temporarily suspended flights for nearly three months between 25th March and 21st June, in response to the escalating public health crisis and government lockdown measures. During that period, the airport worked behind the scenes to create a safe environment.

On this, Anne Doyere added:  "Keeping passengers and our staff safe is our priority. To ensure this, we have carefully put in place measures that often exceed the official guidance, so passengers can book and travel in confidence. Speed and convenience have been a key consideration too. We still offer the fastest airport experience in London, meaning this uniquely important aspect of the customer experience at London City has not changed."

Measures include rapid contact-free temperature checking technology, digital crowd monitoring technology, an enhanced cleaning regime using an anti-microbial surface treatment, and social distancing procedures such as one-way systems and Perspex screens. Passengers also need to wear face coverings in the airport.

Similarly, Frankfurt Airport has implemented a wide range of hygiene measures to keep passengers safe, under the banner #SafeAtFRA. Passengers must wear face coverings, social distancing rules are upheld, screens have been installed, card payments are encouraged, hand sanitiser stations are available and cleaning around the airport has been increased.

Frankfurt may be known as a hub for business travellers but it͛s also home to medieval buildings, museums and a vibrant food scene.  It’s known to many as ‘Mainhattan’, thanks to its skyscrapers and position on the banks of the River Main, but also for its abundance of cultural attractions and nightlife. 

The DB Rail Terminal located below the airport allows travellers to easily travel on to other locations in Germany and beyond. To head straight into Frankfurt, the S-Bahn is the quickest and easiest option, taking you directly to the main railway station in about 10 minutes and for less than 5 euros its a real bargain.  Plus there are busses, which take double the time, or taxis which cost around €25.

Key sights to see include the old town area of Altstadt which is home to many of the museums and historic buildings in the city as well as a plethora of top-class traditional restaurants and eating places.  The impressive Romerberg Square, surrounded by medieval timber buildings, as well as the Romer Rathaus and St Paul’s Church. There are also some great jazz clubs in the city around this area as well as funky little cafes. 

If you truly wanted to immerse yourself in the city's and German art and culture, then heading down to Sachsenhausen and the Museumufer, where nine impressive museums are located next door to each other. There are so many museums and galleries to visit in this neighbourhood, the key place to visit is the Stadel Art Institute and Municipal Gallery which is home to the most important art collections in Germany. This is also a good selection of bars in this area which is a great place to sample Apfelwein which is a sort of apple wine. 

It used to be a little seedy, now the former red-light district of the city, Bornheim is the neighbourhood for independent cafés, shops, bars and restaurants. Berger Strasse - the main street has soo many bars, pubs and cafe's as well as a couple of cider houses, Solzer and Zur Sonne which are super popular at weekends in normal times.  

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