Lufthansa Cargo increases Asia, Africa and Mexico services

A Lufthansa Cargo A321F freighter parked on the tarmac
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The Lufthansa Cargo 2023/2024 winter flight schedule offers expanded capacity in the international route network with 83 weekly connections. These result from frequency increases to destinations in high demand as well as the addition of new destinations.

Furthermore, the Boeing 777 freighter fleet will comprise a total of 17 aircraft with the addition of a new freighter in service by the end of the year.

Tel Aviv and Cairo: Expanded Services

From October onwards, Lufthansa Cargo will operate three weekly B777 freighter services to Tel Aviv (TLV) and Cairo (CAI). This expansion ensures smoother and more efficient cargo transportation to these bustling cities.

Lufthansa ground staff loading air cargo.
Photo Credit: Lufthansa

Enhanced Connectivity to Asia

The frequency of flights to Hong Kong (HKG) will witness a boost, increasing from six to seven weekly flights. This is achieved through a clever routing via Mumbai (BOM), offering greater convenience for cargo shipments to and from Asia.

Introduction of Two New Freight Destinations

In November, Lufthansa Cargo will introduce two new freighter destinations to its existing flight schedule. The combined connection from Frankfurt via Riyadh (RUH) to Taipei (TPE) will become operational, serving these destinations twice a week.


Taipei’s inclusion marks its debut on the global route network, while Riyadh, previously serviced until 2020, makes a welcome return.

Meeting Demand in Mexico City

Lufthansa Cargo is committed to meeting the steady demand in Mexico City (NLU) by increasing the number of weekly connections from six to a total of seven during this year’s winter flight schedule.

The recent shift of all freighter flights to Felipe Ángeles International Airport (NLU) ensures efficient cargo transfer, thanks to the creation of various infrastructure measures, including truck shuttle services.

Photo Credit: Lufthansa Cargo
Photo Credit: Lufthansa Cargo

Consistency in the Americas

Lufthansa Cargo maintains its dependable weekly routings to eight destinations in the U.S. and Canada, as well as six destinations in South America. This commitment to consistency ensures that cargo in these regions is always well-connected.

Expansion in Short- and Medium-Haul Segment

With the imminent entry into service of a fourth Airbus A321 freighter in September, Lufthansa Cargo is poised for further expansion in its short- and medium-haul segment. This expansion perfectly complements its global offering, ensuring comprehensive coverage for cargo transportation needs.

Adapting to Market Dynamics

In the ever-evolving world of airfreight, adaptability is key. Ashwin Bhat, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, acknowledges current state of the market, but underscores the attractiveness and economic strength of Asia and Mexico as regions of continued growth.

“The market for airfreight is and remains volatile, but Asia and Mexico continue to be attractive, economically strong regions for us.”

“The additional capacity of our 17th Boeing 777F in our long-haul fleet offers opportunities to specifically adapt the flight offering to the needs of our customers in these markets,” he said.

In addition to its dedicated freighter offering, Lufthansa Cargo extends its reach by marketing the ancillary cargo capacity of more than 6,000 weekly flights operated by Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Discover Airlines, and SunExpress.

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