Lufthansa targets 60-70% of pre-pandemic passenger numbers by year-end

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Lufthansa planes are seen parked on the tarmac of Frankfurt Airport, Germany June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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FRANKFURT, July 14 (Reuters) - Passenger numbers at Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) are currently around 40% of pre-pandemic levels and it is aiming to reach 60-70% by the end of the year, a manager at the German airline said.

"We started into the summer with about 10% of passengers and 15% of flights compared to pre-crisis levels", Jens Fehlinger said.

Lufthansa is currently running about 55% of the flights it used to. While it is serving 192 destinations - more than in summer 2019 - it is flying many routes less frequently.

The airline and its subsidiaries are using 520 aircraft, compared with roughly 800 before the crisis, Fehlinger said.

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Reporting by Ilona Wissenbach Editing by Mark Potter

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