National teams from Germany, Austria and Belgium will not fly on EM with their domestic Lufthansa Airlines. Only the Swiss team remains loyal to the Swiss.
On Tuesday (June 8) the German national football team Eurowings landed at Nuremberg Airport in an Airbus A320. From there, the team traveled about 20 kilometers to Herzogenaurach, where they set up their quarters for Euro 2020, which starts on Friday (11 June). “Football players will use Nuremberg Airport to travel to games abroad during the European Championships,” the airport announced.
First, Germany will play their group matches in Munich and travel by bus to them. It is only after coach Jogi Low’s team has qualified for the round of 16 that they get back on the plane. Then there are possible targets – depending on placement in the group – London, Bucharest, Budapest or Seville.
Secrets about charter providers
At the 2014 World Cup, Lufthansa carried the national team in a jet with the inscription Fanhansa and later Siegerflieger. Was one in the 2018 World Cup Lufthansa plane with lettering team pilot in the process. In EM 2020, which has been postponed to 2021, the team will not fly with Lufthansa and will also not fly with Eurowings in the course of the tournament ahead.
A Lufthansa spokesperson said because “the DFB has decided on a charter proposal outside the Lufthansa Group” for the 16th round of flights. The German Football Association (DFB) did not want to say which provider it was when Aerotelegraph asked for it. You have to “pay attention to the issues of the game,” according to the association.
Only Switzerland Remains Loyal
The Austrian national team also relied on an Austrian Airlines plane that landed in Innsbruck when they arrived at the EM quarter in Seefeld. According to an AUA spokesperson, the Austrian Football Association (AssociationFB) team “will no longer fly with Austrian Airlines for games in Bucharest and Amsterdam”. The Austrian team already has to travel abroad in the group stage.
This also applies to the Swiss national team, which, however, remains loyal to the Swiss subsidiary, Lufthansa. The team flew from Swiss to Baku in Azerbaijan on Tuesday with an Airbus A320. The Swiss spokesman said, “An Airbus A330 was hired for the team for flights between Baku and Rome for flights after the first two group matches, and an Airbus A320 would be used after the last group match. “
Criticism of the Belgian selection
The Belgium national team is not dependent on Brussels Airlines and their aircraft, which are dedicated to Belgian football. He decided on a charter operator from Lithuania, which was the team. brings criticism from the union.
In the picture gallery above you can see, among other things, the old German “Team Flyer” and the jet that the Swiss team was currently using.