Lufthansa has confirmed it will suspend its services to Frankfurt from Liverpool and Bristol next year, blaming a lack of availability of aircraft.
The airline’s Liverpool John Lennon Airport-Frankfurt service, which launched last year, will be suspended from 2 February 2024, while Bristol-Frankfurt flights will cease on 3 February.
Lufthansa said it will have fewer aircraft available next year, because it needs to carry out maintenance work on some of its fleet.
A Lufthansa spokesperson said: “Lufthansa is continuously evaluating and optimising its entire route network. Due to unscheduled maintenance work on Pratt & Whitney engines in the Lufthansa Airbus A320neo fleet, Lufthansa Airlines will have significantly fewer aircraft available next year than originally planned.
“The company has therefore decided to suspend some routes from February 2024 that have not shown a positive economic development in recent months.
“The routes to the UK which are affected are Frankfurt-Bristol and Frankfurt-Liverpool. Lufthansa regrets this decision.”
A spokesperson for Liverpool John Lennon Airport said: “We are naturally very disappointed to hear of Lufthansa’s decision to suspend their Frankfurt service from Liverpool, particularly since the route was performing well and steadily growing in line with forecasts and we will continue to work with Lufthansa to secure the return of this important link at the earliest opportunity, once their availability of aircraft issues have been resolved.”