Floridians living on the west coast of the state now have the convenience of flying direct to Frankfurt, Germany thanks to Lufthansa which launched new flights to and from Tampa International Airport (TPA) that features three classes of service on an Airbus A340-300s specially configured for the leisure travel market. The first Lufthansa flight (LH 483) from Frankfurt to Florida took off at 11 this morning (Sept. 25) and is scheduled to land at Tampa international Airport (TPA) later this afternoon. The return flight to Germany LH483 will lift off from Tampa about 5:20 today and touch down tomorrow at 8:45 a.m. The new service makes it much more convenient for business and leisure travelers to get to Germany without having to take fly a short hop to Miami or Orlando or drive across the state to either of those airports from which Lufthansa also offers flights abroad.
Lufthansa announced its new service by email today and eturbonews picked it up adding details that the carrier will offer five weekly flights on its new Frankfurt-Tampa route until October under the present summer schedules. This will change to four weekly services with the start of the 2015/16 winter schedules on 25 October. Tampa is the Lufthansa’s third Florida destination, joining Miami and Orlando. With the addition of its new service, Lufthansa now serves a total of 18 US destinations.
“We are pleased to initiate our new program of intercontinental services geared specially to leisure travelers today,” says Karl Ulrich Garnadt, member of the Lufthansa Group Executive Board and CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines. “And Tampa is the first of a number of new vacation destinations that we will be adding to our network over the next few months.” These will include Nairobi (Kenya) at the end of October, Cancun (Mexico), Male (the Maldives) and Mauritius in early December and Panama City (Panama) in March of next year. “Our new long-haul services will make Lufthansa even more attractive for vacationers and other leisure seekers,” Garnadt continues. “These new destinations are primarily popular with tourists and private travelers; and we will be offering them all the full Lufthansa air travel experience, with our outstanding service on the ground and in the air and an advanced cabin that features the latest Business Class seats, our new Premium Economy Class and our regular Economy Class.”
Lufthansa’s Airbus A340-300s has been fitted with inflight creature comforts such as FlyNet broadband internet facilities, an 18-seat Business Class, a 19-seat Premium Economy Class and a 261-seat Economy Class, giving a total capacity of 298 seats.Round-trip Frankfurt to Tampa fares will start at EUR 739. Further information and booking facilities are available online or at any Lufthansa Service Center (phone  86 799 799; fixed-line rates). Flights can also be booked through Lufthansa’s travel agency partners or at any Lufthansa airport sales desk. The airline also offers attractive packages for Tampa (including flights and hotel) by clicking here.