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6/28/2007 - Lufthansa Brings the World to Orlando International Airport

ORLANDO, FL. In a press conference at Orlando International Airport today, Lufthansa, one of the world’s leading air carriers, announced plans to begin non-stop service to Frankfurt, Germany this fall. The service will bring 58 brand new destinations and convenient connections to 91 locations around Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa to Central Florida travelers.

In attendance and offering support to this new travel opportunity were Mayor Richard Crotty of Orange County, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer as well as representatives of the Orlando Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission and executive representatives of major corporations including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and Siemens Corporation.

“We are excited with the new service by Lufthansa which, with its world wide connection base to 192 destinations and 78 countries, adds new direct global hub connections to Europe and other dynamic destinations including Asia and Africa for visitors and residents in the Central Florida region,” says Jeff Fuqua, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA).

“We’re thrilled to soon welcome “The City Beautiful” as our 20th North American gateway,” said Jens Bischof, Vice President, The Americas for Lufthansa. “Orlando’s business growth, especially among the high-tech, aerospace and healthcare sectors, makes it an ideal choice for international air service. Premium travelers, in particular, can take advantage of Orlando’s only First Class cabin to Europe with amenities continuing on the ground in Frankfurt at our exclusive First Class terminal and lounges,” Bischof added.

The airport and community partners, including Mayor Crotty, have been working with Lufthansa for a number of years to encourage this service which included missions to Germany to present the “Orlando business case”.
“I’m thrilled that Lufthansa is establishing its presence here in Central Florida,” said Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty, who recently met with airline officials. “These direct flights to Frankfurt, which is a major gateway to India and China, are an important milestone on our road to economic diversity. This will further strengthen access to our digital media, aerospace, bio-medical and entertainment industries base.

Orlando Mayor Dyer in responding to the announcement of Lufthansa providing the first global hub air service from Orlando International Airport said: “Lufthansa’s new service at Florida’s busiest passenger airport, Orlando International, will serve as the global hub for our leisure and business travelers to all parts of the world. Orlando is a key player in the global economy, and coupled with our fast-growing metropolitan area, this operation will truly be a gateway to the world for our citizens and visitors.”

With nearly 2.1 million international visitors traveling through Orlando International last year, Gary Sain, President and CEO of the Orlando Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau said:
"The impact of increasing international visitation is exceptional when you figure that international visitors contribute 17 percent of the overall economic impact derived from tourism. The new service will help open up Orlando to many parts of Europe, not just Germany. It will allow Orlando to be more accessible and more attractive to the many Europeans that want to come to Central Florida to take a holiday, attend a meeting, convention or trade show or conduct business."

Lufthansa has a strong customer base with nearly 53.4 million passengers in 2006. The airline’s partner alliance resulted in traffic increases for the first quarter of this year and a positive financial report. The carrier has a fleet comprising 430 aircraft and carries the most international passengers worldwide.

Orlando International is the busiest passenger airport in Florida with nearly 35 million visitors in 2006. The new non-stop service to Frankfurt, Germany begins October 30, 2007 making Lufthansa the 16th airline to provide scheduled non-stop international service at Orlando International Airport.


For more information, contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at (407) 825-2055.


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