Lufthansa Cargo cuts capacity as demand weakens

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In response to weaker global air cargo demand, Lufthansa Cargo is adjusting schedules to reduce capacity in the second and third quarters of 2019.

Lufthansa Cargo says services will be cut across the entire flight programme in line with demand, with regional offices informing customers of changes in good time.

The airline says mid-year adjustments to the flights is also in keeping with the planned rollover from the MD-11 Freighter to Boeing 777 Freighters.

Two new 777Fs were integrated into the Lufthansa Cargo fleet in spring, the changes to the schedule will also pave the way for the withdrawal of two MD-11Fs by the end of the year.

Peter Gerber, CEO and chairman of the executive board of Lufthansa Cargo says: “We have traditionally taken a flexible approach to the flight programme for our freighter fleet to suit customer requirements. This has allowed us to respond quickly to normalising demand in the market so that our operations remain cost-effective.

“We will continue to closely observe market developments and to flexibly adapt our supply in line with demand.”