“The excellent results we registered last year highlight the success we enjoy in Romanian market and of our service offer. The increase of capacity, the convenient timetable and our challenging products have been welcomed by our customers who take regular business and tourism trips”, said Stefan Versemann, sales manager for Romania and Moldova.

Lufthansa continues to broaden its service offer and its presence in this market. Starting March 2 this year, the company will add a new direct flight Bucharest-Milano, thus becoming the first traditional company in the local market to operate a flight outside its home country.

Moreover, Lufthansa will double the flight frequency between Cluj and Munchen. At the implementation of summer timetable, the German-based international airline carrier will operate this route twice a day at the board of CRJ 700 aircraft with 70 seats in Business and Economic classes.

Lufthansa and Swiss will jointly operate 114 weekly flights from Romania to Frankfurt, Munchen, Dusseldorf, Geneva, Zurich, and Milan starting with the 2009 summer timetable.

Furthermore, Lufthansa announced new flight conditions on Sibiu-Munchen route. The passengers will be welcomed aboard of the modern CRJ 700 aircrafts, who have already been introduced in the daily routes.

“We will soon offer 2,000 weekly seats for our clients, on Cluj-Munchen route. The additional flights will ensure a more flexible timetable and better flight conditions for passengers who take flights from Lufthansa from Romania”, Versemann added.

Globally, Lufthansa lifted its passenger count compared to a year earlier. Nearly 57 million passengers flew with Lufthansa last year, namely 1.2% increase from a year ago. At the same time, the service offer has been 4.9% enriched.

All in all, Lufthansa and Swiss welcomed more than 70 million passengers aboard their flights, an increase year-on-year of about 12.2%. Of the total, more than 13 million flew with SWISS. The number of flights overall increased by 10.9 per cent to 830,819.

Lufthansa Cargo transported around 1.7 million tons of cargo and mail, which is six per cent less than in the previous year.