None of the routes that will be scrapped are, by the way, operated by Lufthansa mainline or Lufthansa Cityline:
Munich-London City: Augsburg Airways DHC8-400
Stuttgart-Geneva: Contactair Fokker 50
Dortmund-Zurich: Eurowings ATR42-500
Munster/Osnabruck-Zurich: Eurowings ATR42-500
Hanover-Milan Malpensa: Eurowings CanRJ200
Cologne-Dresden: Eurowings ATR72
Cologne-Friedrichshafen: Eurowings ATR42
Cologne-Stuttgart: Contactair Fokker 50
Three more routes will see the axe as well:
Augsburg - Frankfurt: Augsburg Airways DHC8-300
Augsburg - Dusseldorf: Augsburg Airways DHC8-300
Augsburg - Berlin THF: Augsburg Airways DHC8-300
this resulting in the complete withdrawal of Lufthansa from Augsburg (40miles west of Munich)
To put the things into perspective, it must be said, however, that...
... the thrice daily Cologne - Dresden ATR service will be replaced by a twice daily Germanwings service, resulting in more capacity on the route (290 seats vs. 200).
... Cologne - Stuttgart was earmarked for scrapping a long time ago because of the new high speed train link between Cologne and Frankfurt/Stuttgart. Travel time by train, downtown to downtown, is now a mere 135 minutes and air travel is no longer competitive, given the times required for transfer to the airports, check-in, flight-times etc.
... Stuttgart - Geneva was taken over from defunct Swisswings last year and a 50 seater on the route probably was simply too much capacity (Swisswings had 31seat Dorniers).
What really hurts is the complete withdrawal from Augsburg and the closure of the last international route from Dortmund. At a time, Dortmund had international services by home-based Eurowings to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan and Zurich and in April 2003, all that remains are feeders to Frankurt and Munich. Really sad that airlines that grew at Augsburg and Dortmund to become major European regionals now will disappear from their home base completely or only provide a core feeder service for Lufthansa.
Cologne/Bonn, on the other hand, is beginning to pay the price for becoming Germany's main LCC airport. It has lost Portugalia (to LIS) this month, lost international Lufthansa Cityline services to MAD, BCN, MXP, VIE last October when Germanwings started to serve those destinations and will loose three domestic Team Lufthansa services in April. Air France, Alitalia etc. disappeared in 2001, and it will probably only be a question of time before Lufthansa Cityline will axe LHR, ZRH and CDG. Finally, once the AirRAIL high speed train concept is well established, it will be the death bell ringing for CGN - FRA where Lufthansa is already beginning to scale down capacity. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for CGN....