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Lufthansa Ups Direct Flights to South Africa

Author: Selene Brophy - 10 April 2024

Last Update: 10 May 2024

Lufthansa’s connectivity to South Africa is rising. The German carrier is set to launch a direct flight between Munich and Johannesburg on June 4. This reintroduces a route last served by the airline in 2005.

The increased direct flights to South Africa bodes well for European travellers looking to visit South Africa. Some 245,259 German travellers visited South Africa in 2023, showing 42% growth compared to 2022. 

International Arrivals from lufthansa airline.
A look at international arrivals to South Africa for 2023 compared to 2022. Source: South African Tourism

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The airline group’s newly appointed Senior Director of Sales, Southern & East Africa, Nigeria, and Equatorial Guinea René Koinzack affirmed the company’s continued push to connect German travellers with Southern Africa – highlighting the uptake of Discover Airlines, a subsidiary of the Lufthansa group’s Frankfurt-Windhoek-Victoria Falls 10-flight weekly service, started in March last year.  

Brussels Airlines will offer 18 destinations in the sub-Saharan region, with direct flights to Nairobi and Kigali planned for the year ahead.

The Belgian airline is expanding its long-haul fleet with a tenth Airbus A330 and will again fly six times a week from Brussels to Nairobi from June 3, 2024. This takes the route back to pre-pandemic levels, according to the airline. Brussels Airlines is also increasing the number of flights to Kigali and is once again flying daily to the city of Rwanda.  

 

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