laolao From Laos, joined May 2008, 26 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6317 times:
The ever growing LH Group is already operating 4 Hubs. FRA, MUC, ZRH and VIE: all are very close to each other. To compare these hubs I did some number chrunching analyzing all scheduled departures for Nov 11. Due to the lack of data LX operations in ZRH are missing. Nevertheless the findings are quite interessting.
1. Destinations served
LH serves 191 Destinations through its 3 hubs FRA, MUC and VIE. 152 cities can be reached via the major hub FRA, thereof 61 destinations are exclusivly connected through FRA. The other 91 cities can also be reached via MUC or VIE. Although FRA has by far the most extensive network, there are 39 cities, which can only be reached through MUC and/or VIE. Thereof 14 exclusivly via MUC and 16 via VIE. While FRA has a clear focus on longhaul services, MUC is focused on south Europe, esp. Italy. VIE is the hub for more remote cities in eastern Europe and the former USSR.
LH has scheduled 970 departures for Nov 11. 403 flights will depart from FRA. MUC has a program of 368 flights, while VIE will see 199 starts. Looking at the used AC makes all the difference. FRA will have 69 widebody movements, due to the extensive longhaul operations in FRA. 272 movements will be with 737/320, so only 62 departures will be with regional AC E90/95/CRJ. In MUC and VIE regional aircraft movements dominate the scene. Intresstingly MUC will see no single 737 on Nov 11.
brightcedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1288 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5012 times:
Quoting Burkhard (Reply 2): First thanks for this nice piece of documentation. Let me encourage you to continue and research their other hubs: ZRH,BRU and yes LHR. MXP I wouldn't call a hub yet, but there is a focus, too.
mogandoCI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4678 times:
DE : FRA/MUC/DUS, also depending how you want to consider Berlin
CH : ZRH hub, GVA focus
BE : BRU
AT : VIE
UK : LHR (BHX/MAN if you count bmibaby)
Sounds super dense, but Europe is hugely popular in both business and tourism traffic, and each of those can sustain itself at least in 1 aspect of that (thank goodness none of them are VFR-oriented).
But i think LH definitely has room to streamline its long-haul operations and concentrating at FRA/MUC/ZRH. They can attempt to convert bmi into a third viable long-haul player out of LHR to compete with BA and VS but that takes YEARS to build up, esp against 2 super strong brands.