Lufthansa Group is ramping up capacity across its network in East Africa, going daily between Nairobi-Frankfurt and Brussels-Entebbe. It is adding a fifth flight to Kigali. Frankfurt-Mombasa benefits from additional service increasing frequency to Mombasa to five flights a week. Lufthansa grows East African presence with additional flights. This follows recent news of Lufthansa’s growth in India.
Starting June 3, Lufthansa goes from five flights a week to daily on the Nairobi-Frankfurt run, while its subsidiary, Eurowings Discover, serves Mombasa five times a week year round. The group says the schedule changes are open for booking and are driven by demand, tracking the travel rebound.
“Kenya remains a focus market for Lufthansa in East Africa, and the decision to maximize our offering into the country is largely driven by the significant increase in demand and resurgence in travel, coupled with the immense support of the local community within the region,” says Kevin Markette, General Manager East Africa, Lufthansa Group. Markette was educated in South Africa and qualified as a Commercial Pilot, and joined the Lufthansa Group in 2000.
Flights from Frankfurt arrive in Nairobi at 20:30 hours local, with the return flight departing Nairobi at 22:25. According to Markette, Eurowings increases capacity to Mombasa from four to five weekly flights for the summer peak season. The added flights start on June 20 and end on September 12, 2023. “The additional capacity to Mombasa comes just in time for the peak travel season and will allow Eurowings Discover to offer holidaymakers the much-needed flexibility and choice when booking their flights,” Markette adds.
Initially planned as seasonal, Brussels Airlines’ additional flight to Kigali now run through the 2023 winter season. “A noteworthy highlight is the current capacity increase from four to five weekly Brussels Airlines flights between Brussels and Kigali, which was originally planned to be a seasonal increase, shall now continue all throughout the winter season of 2023. This capacity adjustment comes on top of the daily flights offered by the airline between Brussels and Entebbe, and it complements the existing twice-weekly flights between Brussels and Bujumbura, of which Brussels Airlines proudly remains the only European airline to offer flights to this East African City,” says Markette.