German airline Lufthansa returns to Zimbabwe
Ivan Zhakata-Herald Correspondent
German airline Lufthansa is set to resume flights from Frankfurt to Windhoek and Victoria Falls in March 2022 after taking off from Zimbabwe in 1998.
Lufthansa, along with other international airlines including Qantas, Air France and British Airways, withdrew from Zimbabwe between 1998 and 2008, citing declining passenger volumes associated with a volatile economic environment.
But with the stabilization of the Zimbabwean economy following the introduction of a multi-currency regime in 2009, some airlines have resumed their flights.
Lufthansa Southern and East Africa Chief Executive Officer André SchulzIn said in many parts of the world more people were being vaccinated against Covid-19 and the number of infections was decreasing with the gradual easing travel restrictions in several countries.
He said that as a result, the demand for Lufthansa plane tickets has increased dramatically, a strong signal that people are keen to travel and experience different cultures again.
“Flights to major long-haul leisure destinations such as Windhoek have already shown a strong increase in demand,” said Mr Schulzln.
“Thanks to positive booking trends and favorable market conditions, I am able to announce today that the Lufthansa Group will further strengthen its presence in Namibia.
“As of March 30, 2022, we will increase our operations to Windhoek from five weekly flights to a daily flight schedule, via our leisure airline – Eurowings Find out.
“As a leading airline, we believe in connecting people through a reliable and comprehensive route network, allowing our customers to have a greater variety of choices when planning flights. their next vacation or business trip.
“It is with this in mind and with great excitement that through Eurowings Discover we are further able to further expand our route network in Sub-Saharan Africa by adding a whole new destination to our portfolio; Victoria Falls.
He said that from next March the Lufthansa Group will operate a tag flight from Windhoek to Victoria Falls three times a week for the first time in its history, bringing the Eurowings Discover African portfolio to six leisure destinations in the region.
Mr Schulzln said Africa remains an important growth market for Eurowings Discover.