MOSCOW, April 19. /TASS/. One of the world’s major air carriers Lufthansa Group announced on Thursday its plans to launch additional 85 flights for the period of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off this summer in 11 cities across Russia.
"On the whole, the available capacity of Lufthansa Group services during the world championship will be increased by eight percent," Lufthansa said in a statement. "In order to achieve this goal we are scheduling additional 85 flights with total 18,000-seat capacity."
Global air carrier Lufthansa Group also includes Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Swiss.
Swiss and Brussels Airlines announced earlier their plans to schedule charter flights to the Russian cities of Kaliningrad, Sochi, Samara and Rostov-on-Don, depending on the results of the matches during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The majority of foreign football fans coming to Russia for the upcoming football championship are expected to arrive from the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Mexico and Argentina, according to data from the FIFA on ticket sales progress.
The world’s governing football body, FIFA, announced earlier in the week that "1,698,049 tickets have already been allocated to football supporters from all over the world," via the official FIFA website since the launch of Phase One of ticket sales in September 2017.
"Most of these tickets have been allocated to Russian fans (796,875), followed by fans from the USA (80,161), Brazil (65,863), Colombia (60,199), Germany (55,136), Mexico (51,736), Argentina (44,882), Peru (38,544), China (36,841), Australia (34,628) and England (30,711) - the top-ten countries from abroad," the FIFA said in this week’s statement.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 56 days with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow.
Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.
Last month, Egyptian air carrier EgyptAir announced plans to schedule additional flights to Russia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. EgyptAir CEO Safwat Musallam told journalists in mid-March that the ticket prices for flights to Russia would begin at $175 per ticket and the flights would be carried out on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday each week.