Does anyone know why Lufthansa has cancelled flights to India up to 20th October?
In a fallout between authorities in India and its air-bubble partner Germany, the European country’s national carrier Lufthansa said Tuesday it will have to cancel all planned flights between India and Germany between September 30 and October 20 because of an “unexpected rejection” of its flight schedule by Indian authorities. The Indian side said that Lufthansa was offered a curtailed schedule to mitigate the disadvantage being faced by Indian carriers due to inequitable distribution of traffic in favour of Lufthansa.
Just a guess, diminished demand due to COVID 19.
Almost all governments in the world have asked their citizens to avoid all travel, unless it is essential.
Add to that the situation in India, and in Europe, and most people will not take the risk traveling.
That will result in a huge drop in required capacity and many airlines have cancelled flights, some cancel them a few days before they are due, others do it well in advance.
Lufthansa clearly does not expect demand till the 20th of October, not enough to warrant the flights going. Likely they do not expect enough demand for a longer period but have not yet officially cancelled the flights or just not published the fact.
I am not sure but their might also be restrictions by India for airlines. I have not seen the actual rules but have heard that not all airlines are allowed to land. Any case, only a few planes will be enough for returning Indian citizens.
See the accepted answer, India restricted Lufthansa, but all due to COVID 19.