The Lufthansa Group’s airlines is planning to widen its base in Africa and especially in Nairobi, Kenya which it terms “as one of the top tourism destinations for German as well as European and North American travelers.”
The German airline has said it will continue to bolster its presence across Africa with all divisions of the world’s leading aviation group, active on the continent and committed to expanding their business as well as local partnerships.
“We are looking for ways to embolden our presence in Africa, serving as a bridge not only for the Powerhouse of East Africa, but for the entire continent,” said Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
Speaking during a high level management conference held in Nairobi last week, the CEO added: “for the Lufthansa Group this rich and diverse continent offers our companies new opportunities, building upon a rich heritage of service and dedication that spans over 90 years.”
Known as the annual ‘Lufthansa Group Market Conference,’ the meeting brings together senior managers from the region and the leadership of each division, in order to share ideas for enhancing business activity across a wide spectrum of aviation industry activities.
Lufthansa plans to ‘up gauge’ its aircraft type on the Nairobi route in the second half of 2016 and increase capacity in the region.
Lufthansa resumes flights to Nairobi after 18 years’ absence
In October last year, Kenya Tourism Board welcomed the move by the German airline to resume flights in Nairobi after having stopped for 18 years.
“Great things are especially happening here in Kenya and we are excited to have resumed service to Nairobi a few months ago,” Spohr said to the Kenyan Principle Secretary for Transportation Irungu Nayakera following the conclusion of the day’s conference last week.
Lufthansa will fly its Airbus A340-300 to Nairobi four times a week from October 27 last year and five times a week from December 11.
KTB welcomed the plan saying that Lufthansa will enhance Nairobi’s status as a regional tourist hub. This will boon the tourism sector since Germany is one of Kenya’s source markets.
A statement from the carrier last year highlighted that the carrier will leave Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub at 1110 hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays (and on Fridays from December 11 to the end of January 2016).
Already, the Lufthansa Group passenger airline division encompassing Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines serves the African continent with 211 weekly flights to 32 destinations.
According to the group, Kenya plays a unique role beyond passenger traffic. The LSG Lufthansa Service Holding AG is currently building a new facility at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, opening new opportunities in catering for operators in Kenya’s main gateway.
Lufthansa Cargo is not only supporting Kenyan businesses in shipping exports to Europe and beyond, it is involved in an important Kenyan-based philanthropic project.
One of Lufthansa Cargo’s MD-11 freighter aircraft has now become a flying ambassador for the charity organization Cargo Human Care. Cargo Human Care, founded by Fokko Doyen, captain and fleet chief at Lufthansa Cargo, looks after orphaned children in Nairobi.