Frankfurt, 4 May 2023:
- Lufthansa City Center proudly welcomes the 100th country in its global
- Lufthansa City Center Canada Travel Office located in Calgary is office number
- In the first quarter of 2023, Lufthansa City Center International reached the larg- est network growth in its history – 32 new LCC agencies and 7 new
Lufthansa City Center Canada Travel Office, the latest new franchise member of Lufthansa City Center, has been operating in the market since 2002. The corporate focused agency belongs to Airnets International, a leading travel provider of airline tickets in both the do- mestic and international market. They have been active in Canada for the past 30 years.
Airnets works with the largest networks/host agencies in Canada providing the highest level of technical service for more than 80 airline contracts. Furthermore, Airnets has been recognized by many airlines over the years as an elite agency in-terms terms of sales vol- umes.
“We are thrilled to have reached this milestone and welcome Canada as 100th country. This achievement speaks for the dedication of all our team members establishing a strong pres- ence in key markets worldwide, for the power of our trusted brand and the top-notch qual- ity of our independent expert’s network of our 550 LCC members providing exceptional services to LCC travellers worldwide,” said Martina Groenegres, Managing Director of Lufthansa City Center International (LCCI).
“Our latest expansion allows us to better serve our global corporate customers and strengthens our position as TMC. With a commitment to excellence and a deep under- standing of local cultures and customs, Lufthansa City Center is uniquely positioned to pro- vide tailored solutions to our customers worldwide. Our latest entry, Airnets International, deliver exceptional customer services with a top reputation in the domestic Canadian and global market. Rebranded to LCC Canada Travel Office, they will be the perfect fit to our entrepreneurial network, offering tickets and tours from and within Canada to the global LCC network and servicing international LCC corporate customers as fulfilment partner al- ready,” added Groenegres.
Sam Patel, owner of LCC Canada Travel Office states: “Selling Lufthansa for the past 30 years and understanding the highly regarded and well recognized airline brand we could not pass the opportunity of joining the Lufthansa City Center family. The opportunities of the LCC network are endless. Working with other DMC’s, corporate and leisure agencies in over 100 countries gives us the reach to work and expand our business to continue to grow.”
“The Lufthansa Group is thrilled to finally see the first Lufthansa City Center agency in Can- ada. Our mutual customers will enjoy the global corporate and leisure network of top quality service providers, global vendors as well as top-notch technology environment Lufthansa City Center enhances the existing portfolio,” said Brendan Shashoua, Head of Sales Canada Lufthansa Group. ”We are proud that Canada enters LCC history as 100th LCC country – a significant achievement that demonstrates the company’s experience, expertise in the global corporate and leisure travel arena,” he added.
In the first four months of the year 2023, Lufthansa City Center International grew by 32 LCC agencies and added 7 new countries to the network: Algeria, Cambodia, Ireland, Laos, Maldives, Namibia – and now Canada. By the end of last year, Chile, Cuba, Costa Rica, Fin- land, Iceland, Iraq, Mauritius, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Sweden were added to the LCC global network.
Apart of its corporate relevance, Lufthansa City Center also strongly develops its DMC ex- pertise. To date, 92 Lufthansa City Center members in 65 countries carry the additional quality seal of “LCC DMC Partner”, providing comprehensive incoming destination exper- tise, MICE infrastructure and knowhow in their respective countries.
To celebrate “100 LCC countries”, Lufthansa City Center Headquarters encourages its members to share stories, photos, and videos of their LCC experiences and journey using the hashtag #LCC100.
About Lufthansa City Center:
Lufthansa City Center (LCC) is the world’s largest independent franchise company in the travel agency market with 550 offices in 100 countries and a total turnover of 3,305 billion Euros (business year 2022). LCC is active in the leisure (tourism) and corporate (business travel) sectors. The chain of owner-managed medium-sized travel agencies includes 280 offices with around 1,800 employees in Germany. Outside of its home market Germany (which is operated by the German franchisor Lufthansa City Center Reisebüropartner GmbH), the travel agency network employs around 1,700 people in 270 offices. Responsi- ble for all world-wide agencies is Lufthansa City Center International GmbH, the interna- tional franchisor located in Frankfurt/Germany. Lufthansa City Center offer a global pro- gramme with local relevance to nurture the cultural differences and dynamics required in each market. A global presence with local capabilities ensures the best opportunity for de- livering exceptional customer service. Further information is available at lufthansa-city-cen- ter.com/en.