Travel latest: European flights flood back to SA, as Lufthansa leads the way – The South African

Travel latest: European flights flood back to SA, as Lufthansa leads the way – The South African

One of Europe’s biggest airlines has confirmed it is ‘all systems go’ for commercial flights between Germany and South Africa. After completing is first post-COVID commercial flight from Frankfurt to Cape Town on Thursday, Lufthansa have emphatically announced that their flight schedules for the Mother City and Johannesburg are now ‘fully operational’.

European airlines ‘flooding back’ to South Africa

Following an operational hiccup over the weekend, Lufthansa has brushed aside the ‘teething pains’ of these new international travel regulations, and committed to supporting the South African tourism market as much as possible:

“Lufthansa is pleased to be resuming flights to Cape Town, marking a return to our regularly-scheduled service between South Africa and Germany, following last week’s flight between Frankfurt and Johannesburg that was the first international long haul flight to return to South Africa.”

“The Western Cape remains an attractive destination for European holidaymakers and as Lufthansa’s flight schedule to South African is now fully operational we remain committed to continuing to support the restart of international travel into South Africa as a major airline partner for the local tourism sector.”

Lufthansa statement

Lufthansa resumes flights to South Africa

It’s also worth noting that two other major European airlines are reinstating their flight schedules for Cape Town and Johannesburg, too. Air France and KLM are optimistic they can follow Lufthansa’s lead too, despite their parent countries being placed on South Africa’s ‘high-risk travel list’. Talks to amend these limitations are ongoing.

In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about the updated flight-path between SA and Germany.

  • The first commercial Lufthansa journey to Cape Town since the lifting of the international travel ban landed at 10:00 on Thursday.
  • Twice-weekly CPT flights operate on Mondays & Fridays: All flights depart in the evening and land at their destination in the morning.
  • Lufthansa is the second-largest source market for travel to Cape Town International Airport.
  • German tourists entering SA are permitted to get a 90-day visa on arrival, the same regulation that applied pre-COVID. 
  • Austrian Airlines also recently announced their plans to resume operations to Cape Town in mid-December 2020.
  • Meanwhile, Swiss International Air Lines resumed operations last week – with a once-weekly service from Zurich to Johannesburg.

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