Lufthansa and British Airways resume direct flights to Cape Town

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  • Lufthansa and British Airways, two famous European airlines, have resumed the direct route to Cape Town in time for the forthcoming holiday season.
  • In November, the airlines began direct flights to Cape Town, which is expected to increase tourism performance during the holiday season.
  • The flag carriers of their respective European countries, the United Kingdom and Germany, are British Airways and Lufthansa, respectively.
  • Air France resumed direct flights between Paris and Cape Town on Friday.
  • This week, BA and Lufthansa joined, offering direct flights from London and Munich, respectively.

Lufthansa and British Airways, two famous European airlines, have resumed the direct route to Cape Town in time for the forthcoming holiday season. In November, the airlines began direct flights to Cape Town, which is expected to increase tourism performance during the holiday season.

The flag carriers of their respective European countries, the United Kingdom and Germany, are British Airways and Lufthansa, respectively. Following the disastrous consequences of COVID 19 on the tourism sector last year, the two airlines’ resumption of CapeTown flights is expected to improve the sector’s performance.

Europe has historically been South Africa’s main supply of tourists, and the tourism industry’s performance has suffered severely since last year’s shutdown. According to the Western Cape government, key attractions in the Western Cape witnessed a 60% decline in visitation owing to COVID 19 pandemic restrictions in 2019.

However, there looks to be a ray of hope for the South African tourism industry. Following South Africa’s removal from the UK’s list of prohibited countries, the world is swiftly opening up to South Africa.

Air France resumed direct flights between Paris and Cape Town on Friday. This week, BA and Lufthansa joined, offering direct flights from London and Munich, respectively. Prior to COVID 19, the United Kingdom and Germany were two of South Africa’s most major tourism source markets, accounting for one-third of all international visits.

Bookings for these flights are already filling up swiftly, according to Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management in Cape Town.

“I’m told the passenger load factor is 90 percent or more, and the cargo is full,” he remarked. Vos also indicated that the current number of arrivals is 300,000, which is higher than it was prior to the pandemic.

“Now, as we recover, it will be better than before,” remarked Vos.

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