Lufthansa Cargo could lose 'double-digit millions' due to ban
Ruling out a transfer of freighter services to Frankfurt-Hahn, Garnadt said: “Our system depends on efficient connectivity between passenger and freighter flights. A split operation is not an option.”
Under current restrictions, the only other German airports where night flights are allowed are Leipzig, Cologne and Nuremberg. Garnadt said he hoped the federal court’s decision in the new year would give legal certainty to all the country’s airports regarding night operations.
Lufthansa is still set to take delivery of a replacement fleet of Boeing 777 freighters starting in 2013, but will have to consider a different home base if the curfew stays.
“Frankfurt is essential to the logistical network. We can, more or less, provide our customers with the required lift, but there are serious consequences for our reliability [from a night ban],” Garnadt said. “It will still be possible to operate, but we would have to re-analyze our future development.”