A German airline, Lufthansa, is set to increase flights between Frankfurt and Nairobi to six per week from June 21, giving Kenya’s tourism a much needed boost.
Lufthansa which is the largest airline in Europe in terms of fleet size, plans to increase operations in the Frankfurt-Nairobi route from five flights a week to six.
On the other hand, Swiss International Air Lines is expected to increase flights between Zurich and Nairobi from five per week to six beginning July 6.
The flights increase by the German and Swiss carriers come at a time when the high tourist season in the country begins next month.
Hotels which were shut down for the low season in April at the Coast are expected to re-open to welcome guests by the end of this month and July 15.
Lufthansa Group East Africa regional sales general manager, Tobias Ernst, said: “We are excited to further support tourism in Kenya by providing more capacity for visitors.
“At the same time, giving Kenyan travellers more option for their summer holidays.”
The Lufthansa service will be operated on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays by an Airbus A340-300 in a three class configuration offering customers Business Class, a Premium Economy Cabin and Economy Class seat.
Popular with customers, Lufthansa will maintain the late night departure from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
With an early morning arrival in Frankfurt, passengers will have access to more than 200 destinations from the German airline’s growing raft of flights to Europe, North and South America as well as in Asia.
As a further development for the route, Lufthansa’s flights to and from Nairobi will carry its Star Alliance partner United Airline’s code, offering even more seamless connections to the carrier’s US network.
On the other hand, Swiss International Air Lines will operate the six flights between Zurich and Nairobi on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Complementing Lufthansa’s flights, Swiss offers a wide network of connections from its Zurich hub to major European, North American and Asian cities.