Guest Contributor | Feb 22, 2024 | 0
First flight from Europe lands at HKIA- A good signal for ailing tourism sector
On Sunday 20 September at 6:20, LH5434 marked the first European flight to arrive in Windhoek, being the first direct flight connection to resume operation between Europe and Namibia since the official reopening of borders on 1 September.
The Eurowings flight, which departed Frankfurt the night before at 20:00, signals the restart of the non-stop scheduled Frankfurt-Windhoek service and is an important step to enable European leisure and business travellers to travel in safety and comfort to Namibia.
Dr. André Schulz, General Manager for Lufthansa Group, Southern Africa & East Africa said Namibia is an important market for the Lufthansa Group, adding that reinstating a non-stop route between Frankfurt and Windhoek offers German and other leisure visitors from around the globe access to Namibia’s renowned wildlife experience amongst other tourist attractions, while providing an effective connection for business travellers looking to commute between Windhoek and Frankfurt.
Going forward, Eurowings will commence operating three, direct weekly flights on the Windhoek-Frankfurt route, taking place every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday departing Windhoek at 08:20 and arriving in Frankfurt on the same day at 18:50. Frankfurt is the biggest hub within the Lufthansa Group and offers a vast variety of connecting destinations.
Lufthansa is offering this resumed flight connection through its different sales channels and is operating this service in cooperation with Eurowings. A return flight to Windhoek is already offered on lufthansa.com from N$9,473 inclusive of all taxes. All tickets now allow rebooking without an extra fee in order to offer the passengers a maximum of flexibility.
For those travelling to Germany, Lufthansa and its partners offer COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction tests at walk-in testing centers within Frankfurt, Munich and Hamburg airports. Results are delivered within a few hours and passengers can register beforehand online at lufthansa.com prior to arrival.