BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11200 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1870 times:
Quoting San747 (Reply 1): Maybe there's higher demand for the morning flights on the BEY side?
Morning flights would be more attractive for passengers who's final destination is Frankfurt.
However, Lufthansa mainly caters connections through their hub.
The Beirut flight departs Frankfurt very late so it can wait for all the passengers who are coming from North America and South America. When the flight leaves Beirut around 3AM, it arrives in Frankfurt early at around 6:30AM so passengers can catch connections to North America and South America.
Pretty much all flights from major European hubs to the Middle East operated by European airlines are like this.
Maybe Lufthansa is seeing there is a lot of demand for passengers who are destined to Frankfurt which is why they are making 2 days of the week morning flights. I think also connections within Europe are probably better in the morning.
Whatever works for them...
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JoFMO From Germany, joined Jul 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1772 times:
The red-eye routes to the Near East and North Africa can't offer many long haul routes from the Americas.
Flights from North and South America arrive in the early morning FRA, so the morning departure to BEY is perfect.
In the opposite direction the afternoon arrival from BEY is better timed for onward traffic to South America (GRU comes to mind). But to North America the red-eye flight is better timed.
A perfect solution for destinations like BEY would be one red-eye and one daylight flight, like it is the case for TLV.