“The Lufthansa Group has welcomed the recent announcement by the [SA] government to remove the list of high-risk countries and once again open borders to all leisure and business travellers. We are fully committed to the South African market and continue our efforts to help recover and expand the tourism sector by encouraging international travel,” said Dr André Schulz, gm Southern Africa & East Africa Lufthansa Group Airlines.
By the end of December, the Lufthansa Group will collectively offer 18 weekly flights between South Africa and its European hubs. These include:
* five weekly flights between Johannesburg and Frankfurt,
* three weekly flights between Cape Town and Frankfurt,
* three weekly flights between Cape Town and Munich.
These are all operated by Lufthansa
Also on the menu, are an additional two weekly flights between Cape Town and Zurich on Edelweiss, plus two weekly flights between Cape Town and Vienna operated by Austrian Airlines. SWISS will also offer three weekly flights between Johannesburg and Zurich.
André said South Africa remained an attractive destination for European holidaymakers and, with the start of the local summer season, more international travellers would be looking to experience “sunny South Africa”.
Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines currently offer an excess baggage promotion, with a discount on the first additional piece baggage outside the free baggage allowance, to all passengers in economy and premium economy class.
André said, as health and safety remained a concern for many when travelling, the Lufthansa Group had taken special hygiene measures to protect passengers and employees.
For those travelling to and from Germany, Lufthansa and its partners offer COVID-19 PCR tests at walk-in testing centres in Frankfurt Airport (as well as Munich, Düsseldorf and Hamburg airports). Results are delivered within a few hours. Passengers can register beforehand online at lufthansa.com prior to arrival at the airport.