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Published on : Friday, June 12, 2015
Lufthansa will from Oct 27, 2105 fly four times a week to Nairobi from Frankfurt, Germany, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. This follows discussions initially held between the KTB and Aviareps during the Berlin tourism fair ITB 2015.
This was followed by a meeting in April in Frankfurt between the Permanent Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Commerce and Tourism, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed, KTB Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa and Kenyan Ambassador to Germany Joseph Magut with Lufthansa officials headed by Dr Sebastian Hollmeier, Head of the airline’s Network Planning and Hub Development department.
According to Ndegwa, the launch of flights by Lufthansa will enhance Nairobi’s status as a regional hub.
“We are delighted that Lufthansa is making a comeback to Nairobi as one of its destinations. This is bound to have a positive impact on Kenya’s tourism sector, considering that Germany is one of our key source markets,” he added.
He said that given Lufthansa’s expansive route network in Europe, North and South America, the latest move offered an opportunity for the tourism sector to scale up marketing efforts in these regions.
“It’s not just the German market that we will be targeting but also countries where Lufthansa flies to. We are currently implementing a global marketing campaign as part of tourism sector recovery efforts and the decision by Lufthansa is therefore timely,” added Ndegwa.
He said that concerted lobbying by the team to have the airline resume flights had borne fruit. Unlike other countries such as Britain and the United States which have issued travel advisories on Kenya recently, Germany has not issued any.