In September, Lufthansa will start flying to Sibiu (formerly known as Hermannstadt), making it the third city in Romania after Bucharest and Timisoara to be served by the airline direct from Munich.
The new destination is the latest addition to Lufthansa's expanding network in Eastern Europe. This autumn, Lufthansa will operate 360 flights per week to 22 destinations in Eastern Europe. From 1 September, Sibiu will be served five times a week by a Dash 8-300. With the introduction of the winter timetable on 28 October, a daily service will be operated. “Sibiu is one of the fastest-growing markets in Romania. For business travelers, Lufthansa is thus offering another direct flight to an important growth region in Eastern Europe,” says Thomas Klühr, Group Representative and Head of Hub Management Munich.
With its extended catchment area, the Transylvanian city of Sibiu has a population of more than five million. Since Romania joined the European Union in 2007, its economy has expanded significantly. Romania's conducts most of its foreign trade with the European Union, Germany being the largest trading partner of Transylvania. About 15,000 companies with German investment have been set up in this region, including numerous firms in the engineering and plant manufacturing sector, the textile industry, the construction industry and the chemical and pharmaceutical sector. Sibiu is also a major tourist attraction: the mediaeval city in the foothills of the Southern Carpathian Mountains is one of the two European Capitals of Culture in 2007.