Lufthansa has announced that its Frankfurt-Mbombela Kruger National Park (KNP) service, initially envisaged as a purely seasonal route, is to be a year-round service for 2023. The route is operated by Eurowings Discover, a Lufthansa brand with a strong Africa leisure focus.
“The demand for air travel has seen airlines and airports around the globe thrust into media attention in the recent weeks. In some instances, the positive travel rebound has even surpassed pre-pandemic levels and brought about the much-needed relief our industry yearned for. Along with this travel boom, Lufthansa Group recently reported that our second-quarter preliminary results are reflecting that we have once again returned to profits,” said Dr André Schulz, General Manager Southern & East Africa.
“These positive results further allow Lufthansa Group to continue expanding our network and services to our customers around the world, and particularly into Africa, which our leisure brand Eurowings Discover has a strong commercial focus on.”
The Kruger National Park flights begin from November 15 this year, and will operate three times per week, with a short stopover in Windhoek.
The flights will depart Frankfurt every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evening, arriving in Mbombela KNP the following afternoon. The return flights from Mbombela KNP will depart every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday afternoon, arriving in Frankfurt the following morning.
Eurowings Discover will be the first intercontinental airline to commence scheduled flights to Mbombela KNP, and this will be the first South African destination for Eurowings Discover. It’s the seventh destination offered in the Eurowings Discover network on the African continent, and is the fifth Lufthansa Group destination in Southern Africa.