Lufthansa, the biggest airline in Europe (and the third biggest in the world) by revenue, announced that it will commence direct flights to Ottawa from its primary hub at Frankfurt from May 16th, 2020.
This announcement comes as fellow Star Alliance member, Air Canada retires its Ottawa to Frankfurt route by the end of the 2019 season.
The new route is scheduled to depart five days a week and will be seasonal, starting on May 16, 2020, and ending on October 24, 2020.
It will be served by an Airbus A340-300 in a three-class cabin configuration. The aircraft includes 30 Business Class, 28 Premium Economy and 221 Economy Class seats to accommodate a total of 279 passengers.
|LH 472||Frankfurt at 1:45 pm||Saturday,
|Ottawa at 4:05 pm|
|LH 473||Ottawa at 5:50 pm||Saturday,
|Frankfurt at 7:15 am
Ottawa sorely lacks a transatlantic connection. There is only one scheduled year around connection to London-Heathrow (LHR) by Air Canada.
While Air Canada and Lufthansa enjoy an A++ transatlantic joint venture with United Airlines, the Lufthansa brand can better integrate with passenger experience especially when they will be connecting from Frankfurt to their final destination.
According to Skytrax Lufthansa is the only five-star rated airline in the Western Hemisphere. It currently serves the Canadian cities of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver with daily scheduled flights year-round. Seasonal flights from Frankfurt operate to Calgary.
How Lufthansa will be ideal for travelling to India from Ottawa
Around 30,000 IndoCanadians live and work in Ottawa. Currently, if you want to travel to India from Ottawa, you will most likely be making a stop at Toronto and consider your options from there.
Booking algorithms may suggest you layover times that are extremely short or ridiculously long. Additionally, you may be looking at flying multiple airlines and making more than one stop, depending on your final destination.
As of writing, Lufthansa serves four destinations in India from Frankfurt: Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore.
If you will be starting from Ottawa, you will land in Frankfurt around the published time of 7:15 am
According to the table below, you will have an average six-hour layover at Frankfurt before you depart on your next flight, (except for Chennai, where you are looking at shorter layover of 3:30 hours)
|Flight #||Destination||Departure from Frankfurt||Layover Time|
|LH 756||Mumbai||1:20 pm||6:05 h|
|LH 760||Delhi||1:40 pm||6:25 h|
|LH 758||Chennai||10:45 am||3:30 h|
|LH 754||Bangalore||1:10 pm||5:55 h|
Note that there are seasonal evening departures from Frankfurt to Mumbai and Delhi, but we are not considering that option for an obvious reason.
On your return journey to Ottawa, you will depart Frankfurt around the published time of 1:45 pm in the afternoon.
If you are arriving from one of the four Indian cities in the table below, you will have an average of five to six hours of layover time at Frankfurt.
|Flight #||Arriving from||Lands at Frankfurt||Layover Time|
|LH 757||Mumbai||8:00 am||5:45 h|
|LH 761||Delhi||7:40 am||6:05 h|
|LH 759||Chennai||8:25 am||5:20 h|
|LH 755||Bangalore||9:00 am||4:45 h|
So you can see, Lufthansa will be an extremely attractive choice from 2020 for Ottawans travelling to India.
Connecting flights to the Middle East from Ottawa via Frankfurt
Ottawa has a significant Arab population. The Lebanese form the largest demographic followed by the Somali and Egyptians. Lufthansa alone serves a great number of destinations in the Middle East and North Africa Frankfurt.
The following table will tell you the layover time to the next connecting flight if you will be starting from Ottawa on LH 473 and land in Frankfurt around the published time of 7:15 am
|Flight #||Destination||Departs Frankfurt||Layover time|
|LH 1306||Beirut||10:55 am||3:40 h|
|Adis Ababa||1:15 pm||6:00 h|
|LH 582||Cairo||10:20 am||3:05 h|
|LH 652||Jeddah||12:45 pm||5:30 h|
|LH 636||Riyadh||1:05 pm||6:10 h|
|Abu Dhabi||11:20 am||4:05 h|
|IA 232||Baghdad||3:45 pm||8:30 h|
|Tel Aviv||10:20 am
On your return journey to Ottawa, you will depart Frankfurt on LH 472 around the published time of 1:45 pm in the afternoon.
|Flight #||Arriving from||Lands at Frankfurt||Layover time|
|LH 1309||Beirut||7:20 am||6:25 h|
|Adis Ababa||5:25 am||8:20 h|
|LH 585||Cairo||8:20 am||5:25 h|
|LH 653||Jeddah||5:55 am||7:50 h|
|LH 637||Riyadh||7:15 am||6:30 h|
|Abu Dhabi||6:45 am||7:00 h|
|IA 231||Baghdad||1:50 pm||24:05 h|
|Tel Aviv||8:20 am
Frankfurt is the most connected airport in the world. It is not hard to find a route from here to anywhere in the world with no more than 1 stop.
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Ottawa: The Capital of Canada
Ottawa where the parliament of Canada holds its sessions. Its contains the headquarters of all the institutions that are important to the goverance, defence and security of the country. The federal government is the largest employer, with over 110,000 employees from the National Capital Region.
Ottawa is located on the Ottawa River, just across from Gatineau, Quebec. Legend has it that Queen Victoria pointed to a spot on a map exactly midway between Toronto and Quebec City to be the future capital of Canada.
Tourism is an important part of Ottawa's economy. There are several museums, attractions and tours that attract visitors from all over the country and around the world. Some of the must-see places in Ottawa are the Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, 24 Sussex, the Canadian War Museum, The Canadian Museum of History, the National Gallery, the Royal Canadian Mint, the Canada Aviation Museum, and the National Holocaust Monument.
Ottawa has a significant minority of Arabs who constitute about 6% of the total population of the City. 10% of all the Arabs in Canada reside in the Ottawa-Gatineau National Capital Region. The Lebanese are the largest demographic followed by the Somali and the Egyptians. Therefore, you will find a decent amount of Middle Eastern restaurants and lounges throughout the city.
Ottawa is served by the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. West Jet and Air Canada operate from here to all major cities and provincial capitals of Canada. Direct flights to the US are only to major cities on the East Coast.
Hotels in Ottawa
You will find many budget to mid-range hotels in Ottawa even in the city centre. Prices go up on Canadian long-weekends and holidays, otherwise staying in Ottawa is very affordable in the off-season.
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Frankfurt: The Bank of Europe
Frankfurt is the fifth-largest city of Germany with a population of 753,000 people. It is a global hub for commerce, culture, education, tourism and transportation. It is the major financial centre of Europe, with the headquarters of the European Central Bank, Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Deutsche Bank, DZ Bank, KfW, Commerzbank all located here.
Frankfurt was one of the most important cities in the Holy Roman Empire. It was the seat of imperial elections since 885 AD and the city for imperial coronations from 1562 until 1792. After the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, Frankfurt fell into the hands of Napoleon I until his defeat exile by the Congress of Vienna. Frankfurt became a Free City State until it was annexed by the Prussian Empire in 1866.
Frankfurt was heavily bombed by the Allies. It was almost completely destroyed and became a fierce battleground after which it was captured by the United States in March of 1945. Frankfurt was the original choice for the capital of West Germany. However, this idea was rejected out of concern that it would be accepted as the permanent capital. and cause weakening of support for reunification with East Germany.
Frankfurt has many museums to keep visitors occupied. You will find Museums dedicated to Film, Architecture, Communication, Modern Art, History and Jewish History. Frankfurt's most famous attraction is Römerberg which is the old centre of Frankfurt, with a number of historic buildings dating to the 14th and 15th century.
The busiest airport in Germany (and the fourth busiest in Europe after London Heathrow, Paris–Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol) in terms of passenger traffic. Direct flights depart to 300 destinations in 5 continents, making it Frankfurt Airport the most connected in the world. Lufthansa and Star Alliance account for 77% of all passengers at Frankfurt.
Frankfurt is also the second-largest cargo airport in Europe after Paris, handling over 2.3 million tonnes annually.
Frankfurt Airport is connected by Rail and Bus from where you can easily get to the city centre. Long-distance trains take you further into Germany and beyond to Netherlands and Belgium
Hotels in Frankfurt
Hotels in Frankfurt can be expensive because if the city's reputation as a banking capital. Tourist guides recommend staying in nearby cities located under an hour away by S-Bahn.
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About Lufthansa AG
Lufthansa is the biggest airline in Europe (and the third biggest in the world) by revenue. It is part of the Lufthansa Group, that also owns the flag carriers Austrian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Brussels Airlines. It also owns Eurowings, a low-cost airline that serves domestic and European destinations. The Lufthansa group has over 700 aircraft, making it one of the largest airline fleets in the world.
Lufthansa's corporate headquarters are in Deutz, Cologne. However, its main operating base is located at the Lufthansa Aviation Centre at Frankfurt Airport from where it serves 190 destinations around the world
Its secondary hub is at Munich Airport serving 150 destinations.
Lufthansa is a founding member of Star Alliance, the largest airline network in the world. It also launched Miles & More, which has become the largest traveller loyalty program in Europe. Star Alliance Members can redeem frequent flyer miles and collect points from partners such as hotel, car rental, cruises, subscriptions & books, banks & insurance, telecommunications & electronics industries as well as shopping & lifestyle.