- The process of getting citizens from Afghanistan to Germany
- Where Lufthansa is picking up citizens
In just one week of assisting the Afghanistan evacuation effort, Lufthansa has evacuated more than 1,500 individuals from Tashkent in Uzbekistan to Frankfurt, Germany. Each individual was flown out of Afghanistan by the German armed forces (Bundeswehr). While it hasn’t been flying directly into Afghanistan, Lufthansa has played a vital role in the evacuation from the country after it was chartered by the German Government a week ago. The airline has been ferrying Airbus A340-300s back and forth from Tashkent in Uzbekistan to transport those rescued from Afghanistan by Germany.
There are several steps to this mission, starting with the Bundeswehr, or German Armed Forces, fly into Kabul. Here, they load an Airbus A400M with German citizens, local Afghan staff, and others with an urgent need to leave the country. Around 200 people fit on each A400M leaving Kabul, with most sitting on the aircraft floor. Straps run across the floor of the aircraft that passengers can grab hold of. Once the German aircraft leaves Kabul, they fly to the capital of Uzbekistan where Lufthansa takes over and brings them to a German airport. Once the German Government has processed them, those heading to Germany are placed in the care of Lufthansa. The airline then ferries them to Frankfurt onboard an Airbus A340-300.