Eurowings to service Windhoek-Frankfurt route

Lufthansa/Eurowings inaugurated the route between Frankfurt and Windhoek on Wednesday on the arrival of the first direct flight from Frankfurt at the Hosea Kutako International Airport.

Speaking at the event General Manager of Lufthansa Group (LHG) South Africa, Dr Andre Schulze noted the new route will operate year-round three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and it's served with an Airbus A330-200.

'Lufthansa has decided to collaborate with Eurowings to introduce this route between Windhoek and Frankfurt because we see high potential and benefits for our customers,' said Schulze.

He added that in 2018 the global spending in the private travel segment amounted to 4.4 trillion US dollars and grew by 4.1 per cent, thus by 2028 the market is expected to grow by a further 4.1 per cent year to 6.6 trillion US dollars.

'So the tourist segment is growing significantly faster than the business travel segment and the LHG wants to participate in this growth,' noted Schulze.

The German Embassy Charge de affairs, Allen Golz added that the decision by Lufthansa to again directly service Namibia from its main hub in Frankfurt is a sign that relations between people in Germany and Namibia continue to grow in many ways.

She explained that the latest figures provided by the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) speak a clear language, in 2017 with more than 123,000 people, German tourists were by far the largest overseas group of foreign tourists.

'Within two years the numbers increased by more than seven per cent. Germans were not only the number one group in overseas holiday tourists but also at the top of the numbers in overseas business tourists,' stressed Golz.

On her part, Deputy Minister of Immigration and Home Affairs, Maureen Hinda noted the ministry recently decided to issue visas on arrival to people from countries where there are no Namibian embassies.

Hinda added that citizens from the surrounding countries of Germany can make use of this route.

'About 20 countries and 27 countries from Africa have been exempted from having tourist visas before arrival,' she mentioned.

Source: Namibia Press Agency