Great news for frequent flyers in Cape Town, Lufthansa has just announced a new direct flight between Frankfurt and Cape Town using the newly retrofitted Airbus A340-300 to ensure the best in comfort for all travellers, no matter where you sit on the plane. This new route will offer flights three times a week in the first year of service and solidifies the importance of Cape Town as a leisure and business destination to the rest of the world.
“Within sub-Saharan Africa, it is clear that there are certain markets and cities which continue to dominate route traffic, but there are new cities emerging as routes of particular interest. We see an increased growth of Cape Town as one of the fastest growing cities within this group, and now that we are linking it to our entire flight network out of Frankfurt, we are sure the city will gain additional tourists and business travellers alike,” says Claus Becker, Lufthansa Senior Director of Sales for sub-Saharan Africa.
Especially for German and European tourists, Cape Town has become, and continues to be, a favoured destination, owing to its beauty, exceptionally high quality of food, wine, customer service, friendly residents, and an exchange rate that allows tourists to stay longer and experience more than most other international destinations in competition with the city for Western tourists. }Lufthansa recognises that Cape Town’s popularity is not a trend, but rather a market that requires a long term and dedicated investment,” says Dr. André Schulz, Lufthansa General Manager for Southern Africa states.
As for the flight, the literary itself is also well thought out. Flights will depart from Frankfurt every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 22:10 and arrive in Cape Town the following morning at 11:00. The late night departure allows Lufthansa’s customers to connect to Cape Town from all over the global network. The return journey departs from Cape Town in the early evening at 18:30 and touches down in Frankfurt the following morning at 05:30, offering passengers every connection operated by the carrier and partners from the Frankfurt hub.
Those on board the new flight will enjoy the comforts of the newly refurbished Airbus A340-300, which boasts over 279 seats and offers the new Intercontinental Business Class (30), new Premium Economy Class (28), and Economy Class (221). And, if you fly with Lufthansa often then you’ll be thrilled to hear that the airline has committed to invest some 1 million Euros per day to retrofit the cabins on board all 106 long haul aircraft in its fleet.
Perhaps the most exciting development is Lufthansa’s commitment to offering what they call one of the best Premium Economy Class seats on all long-haul routes. The new and popular cabin offers 50 percent more space than Economy Class on all Lufthansa flights to and from South Africa, including the Frankfurt – Johannesburg route operated by the Boeing 747-8. The customer ratings for the latest premium economy class show a high level of satisfaction; receiving praise particularly for the seating comfort, the service and the excellent value for money. In fact, Skytrax rated their Premium Economy amongst the top 3 in the world!
Bookings for these flights are now available, either through travel agents or online via the Lufthansa website.