New direct flights to CT 'shows tourism business confidence'

2016-05-30 07:30 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde has welcomed Lufthansa German Airlines’ decision to offer direct flights between Frankfurt and Cape Town, set to boost tourism between the two regions.

The new flight route comes into effect from 2 December 2016 and flights will depart from Frankfurt every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

The Cape Town route will be served by a newly retrofitted Airbus A340-300, which includes over 279 seats and offers the new Intercontinental Business Class (30), new Premium Economy (28) Class and Economy Class (221).

Flight LH576 leaves Lufthansa's Frankfurt hub at 22:10 and arrives in Cape Town the following morning at 11:00. The return journey departs from Cape Town at 18:30 and touches down in Frankfurt the following morning at 05:30.

'Business confidence in the Western Cape' 

“Increased air access has a direct impact on jobs and growth. Through Project Khulisa, we are making it easier for visitors to travel to our region. This is why we launched the Cape Town Air Access initiative, which is a partnership between government, Airports Company South Africa, Wesgro and airline industries, “ says Winde. 

Earlier this week, British Airways announced that it was increasing its flights to Cape Town.

Minister Winde commended the province’s tourism sector for their role in the launch of new flights to the region.

'Developing conference centres'

“The tourism sector continues to reinvest in itself and this is why the world’s biggest airlines have the confidence to invest in our region. We see new hotels are being built; the private sector is developing conferencing centres, such as the facility in Century City. In addition, our tourism sector offers great service, which is an important factor in repeat visits. We’re seeing these investments pay off. Our 2015/16 season was one of the best yet and we achieved strong growth in international arrivals from strategic markets," says Winde.

“This connection extends the Lufthansa Group’s flight offering to Cape Town, complementing the seasonal services of Lufthansa German Airlines from Munich and Zurich with SWISS leisure carrier Edelweiss,” said Dr. André Schulz, Lufthansa General Manager for Southern Africa, in a statement.

During the European Winter Season, Lufthansa operates up to seven weekly flights between the carrier’s Bavarian Hub in Munich and Cape Town, while Edelweiss serves the city with two weekly flights.

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