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City Airlines: Lufthansa’s New Short-Haul Subsidiary Takes Flight

The new subsidiary aims to create sustainable employment opportunities in Germany, ensuring growth in Munich and Frankfurt hubs

by Samir Kadri

November 2, 2023

Photo: Courtesy of Lufthansa Group

Lufthansa Group’s recently established subsidiary, City Airlines, is scheduled to launch its flight operations in the summer of 2024. The airline was founded in Munich last year and received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the German Federal Aviation Authority in June 2023, enabling it to initiate flight operations.

City Airlines will operate flights from Lufthansa’s Munich (MUC) and Frankfurt (FRA) hubs, with a recruitment campaign for staff starting in November 2023.

City Airlines joins Air Dolomiti, Discover Airlines, and Lufthansa CityLine as Lufthansa’s subsidiary airlines operating out of Munich and Frankfurt. Ongoing discussions are taking place with various stakeholders to address the requirements for competitive and secure job opportunities.

Photo: Courtesy of Giorgio Grani / Unsplash

Applicants with previous experience relevant to their desired positions will receive priority during the hiring process, and English-speaking pilots are encouraged to apply for cockpit roles.

Lufthansa has also expressed its willingness to facilitate employee transfers for those who wish to move to City Airlines.

Jens Fehlinger, Managing Director of City Airlines, stated, “With City Airlines, we aim to create opportunities for the coming decades and establish sustainable employment in Germany. This is the key to our growth and the enduring strengthening of the Munich and Frankfurt hubs.”

City Airlines has been established to expand its short-haul network, with a long-term vision of achieving sustained growth in the long-haul market.

Lufthansa assures customers that the quality of service on City Airlines aircraft will be consistent with that of Lufthansa flights.

Photo: Lufthansa, Airbus A321neo cabin. Courtesy of Lufthansa

Initially, City Airlines will operate with Airbus A319 aircraft, possibly considering Airbus A220 or Embraer aircraft in the future.

The introduction of City Airlines represents the latest step in the strategic expansion of the Lufthansa Group and is a testament to its financial success in 2022.

According to Lufthansa’s 2022 annual report, air travel demand experienced significant growth, with the German flag carrier accommodating 102 million passengers in 2022, an increase of 47 million compared to the previous year.