Lufthansa adds non-stop route from Cape Town to Frankfurt
Commencing 2 December 2016, Lufthansa German Airlines will offer direct flights between Frankfurt and Cape Town. Flights will depart from Frankfurt every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday to the delight of German and South African travellers alike. Bookings for these flights are available as from Friday, 27 May 2016, either through the Lufthansa website, or through travel agents.
“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,” says Dr. André Schulz, Lufthansa General Manager for Southern Africa.
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.
Lufthansa currently operates a year-round daily flight between Frankfurt and Johannesburg with the Boeing 747-8, the next generation of the iconic Jumbo jet, the longest passenger aircraft in the world. In addition, Swiss International Airlines serves Johannesburg from its Zurich base, offering a daily service with an Airbus A340-300.
“After Johannesburg, Cape Town is one of the most important markets for the Lufthansa Group in Southern Africa and the new gateway will offer our customers access to some 200 destinations from the Frankfurt hub. It also unlocks new tourism opportunities for those coming in from Germany by offering attractive combination options to other destinations in Southern Africa through our Star Alliance partners,” added Schulz.
The Cape Town route will be served by a newly retrofitted Airbus A340-300, which boasts 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 in the early evening at 18:30and touches down in Frankfurt the following morning at 05:30, where passengers can access Lufthansa’s entire flight program from its main hub. In total the Lufthansa Group serves 316 destinations in 101 countries from its hubs in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
According to Schulz, Lufthansa has chosen departure and arrival times carefully to offer travellers the best possible options to access connections to the entire Lufthansa route network.”
“South Africa remains one of our most important markets in sub-Saharan Africa and a key destination for German as well as other European visitors. We are thrilled to continue building bridges between the Lufthansa Group and the South African tourist industry, says Claus Becker, Director of Sales, sub Saharan Africa.
“Germany’s central position in Europe makes it an excellent point of departure for business or leisure trips, from the largest Star Alliance hub in Europe,” he added.
Locally, the Western Cape area’s tourism industry is ecstatic about Lufthansa’s additional frequencies into the region.
“This new Lufthansa route will have a positive impact on the tourism, trade and investment in the Western Cape Province,” says Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, the Western Cape’s official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency.
“Germany is our third-largest foreign direct investment market and our third-largest export market outside of Africa. Cape Town Air Access, a division of Wesgro, is actively working on making the direct Frankfurt – Cape Town route a success through publicity, market awareness, and networking opportunities.
“The number of tourists from Germany is growing rapidly, so we are very pleased that Lufthansa added Frankfurt to their seasonal direct daily Munich service. With this additional capacity we expect that Cape Town International Airport will reach the 10 million passenger milestone this year.”
Deon Cloete, the General Manager of Cape Town International Airport, also welcomed the announcement. “This additional service from Lufthansa is not only good news for the airport or the region, but particularly for those who need a directly flight to Frankfurt. We value the partnership and the ongoing commitment Lufthansa has made in growing their service and thereby providing connectivity to the rest of the world. This is a huge vote of confidence in our city and we look forward to the continued partnership.”
Lufthansa’s Onboard Product
Launched just over two years ago, Lufthansa’s newest cabin service has already become a benchmark in quality and service for passengers interested in upgrading their travel experience.
The new cabin service offers a seat pitch that is up to three centimetres wider, depending on the type of aircraft. The separate wide armrest for each seat and the centre console between the seats ensure extra privacy and a total of about 10 centimetres more space to the side. The seat back can be tilted further and the seat spacing is much more generous at 38 inches (97 centimetres). The adjustable headrest can be folded at the sides to give comfort and support. Premium Economy also offers leg support and foot rests.
Premium Economy passengers can also expect an upgraded inflight entertainment experience. They can control the extensive entertainment programme using their own touch-screen with a screen size from 11 to 12 inches (28 to 30 centimetres). In addition, each seat offers a USB port and an electrical outlet so passengers can use their own devices. A diverse selection of newspapers and magazines complement the diverse entertainment programme.
With two pieces of luggage of up to 23kg, each passenger has twice as much free baggage allowance as the standard Economy Class allowance. For a surcharge of 25 Euros, passengers also have the opportunity to enjoy the amenities of many Lufthansa Business Lounges before their flight. Access to the Welcome Lounge in Frankfurt is available at 50 Euros.
Lufthansa has transformed its Business Class in the last few years, Lufthansa Business Class passengers flying to and from South Africa can look forward to a completely new service on board long-haul flights. Flight attendants have adapted their service to provide an even more personalised experience to reflect the service found in a high-end restaurant. After flight attendants have welcomed guests on board in person and by name, they will take their orders and set the table with ceramic crockery. Meals are then served directly from the galley so trays and flight trolleys are replaced by service plates.
After launching on introductory flights in June and July of last year on the Airbus A380 routes to New York (JFK) and Miami, the restaurant service is now offered on all flights to and from South Africa.
Additionally, the Lufthansa Group has commenced its largest-ever fleet renewal programme. Over 260 aircraft, valued at 36 billion Euros (list price) will join the fleet in the next decade. This includes the new A320neo and Bombardier C-Series, as well as 34 Boeing 777-9x and 25 Airbus A350-900 wide body aircraft, with the latter entering service later in the year. In 2016 the Group will receive a total of 52 new aircraft, one per week.
It is the largest investment programme of any German company and will allow the Frankfurt-based airline group an opportunity to continue enhancing its products and services globally.
The Lufthansa Group in brief
The Lufthansa Group is the world’s biggest airline group in turnover terms, and is also the market leader in Europe’s airline sector. The Group strives to be the “First Choice in Aviation” for its customers, employees, shareholders and partners. Safety, quality, reliability and innovation are the prime credentials and priorities of all its business activities.
The Lufthansa Group is divided into the three strategic areas of Hub Airlines, Point-to-Point Business and Service Companies. The Group’s network carriers, with their premium brands of Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines, serve its home market from their Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Vienna hubs. With its Eurowings brand, the Group also offers short and long-haul point-to-point services in the growing private travel market. With its service companies, which are all global market leaders in their individual industries, the Lufthansa Group has found success in further areas of the aviation business.
The Lufthansa Group’s airlines currently serve 316 destinations in 101 countries on five continents. The Group’s total fleet comprises some 600 aircraft; and its member airlines will be taking delivery of 260 new aircraft between now and 2025. The Group currently employs around 120,000 personnel and in 2015 welcomed 107.7 million passengers aboard its flights, generating some 32 billion euros.
The Lufthansa Group is headed by its five-member Executive Board; Carsten Spohr is Chairman & CEO, Karl Ulrich Garnadt is in charge of Eurowings and aviation services, Harry Hohmeister bears responsibility for the commercial management of the Group’s hub airlines and airports, Simone Menne is head of finance and IT, and Dr. Bettina Volkens is in charge of HR and legal affairs.