… plans to add Zim route next
Windhoek – Lufthansa Group’s leisure carrier, Eurowings Discover, on Wednesday landed in Namibia for the first time, amidst indications that the airline plans to expand its route network in Southern Africa to reach Zimbabwe from 2022.
Wednesday’s flight marked the beginning of the A330-200 airbus operation from Frankfurt, Germany to Windhoek Namibia. Service by carriers on that route was compromised in March 2020 when Air Namibia suspended its Frankfurt flights.
According to Lufthansa, Eurowings Discover will offer five weekly connections between Frankfurt and Windhoek, with return flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
“This flight marks an important milestone for our new airline Eurowings Discover: starting from today, we will take over the route between Germany and Namibia, which has been served successfully over the past years by Lufthansa Group already. Windhoek has always been a popular holiday destination for travellers from all over the world and we are happy to continue offering our customers the possibility to travel to this beautiful country – even with an increased schedule,” said Eurowings Discover CEO, Captain Wolfgang Raebiger.
He said in 2022, the airline would expand its route to include service to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe three times a week.
Namibia Airports Company welcomed the Frankfurt-Windhoek service saying it augured well for revival of the Southern African country’s tourism sector.
Airport Company CEO Mr Bisey/Uirab said, “This inaugural flight will offer wider air connectivity to the European market and the rest of the world. The continuation and expansion of the direct flight connection from Frankfurt to Windhoek will contribute in making the travel experience more convenient and seamless. This will culminate in an increase in passenger movements and revenue generation. We remain committed in providing improved customer services to our airlines at our airport currently under renovations.”
According to the Executive Director in Namibia’s Works and Transport Ministry Ms Esther Kaapanda, Lufthansa continued to be a strategic partner in promoting Namibia’s ambitions to become a logistics hub in Southern Africa and a preferred tourist destination in line with national development endeavours.