Launch of direct flights between Frankfurt in Germany and Kruger National Park in South Africa – SAPeople

Launch of direct flights between Frankfurt in Germany and Kruger National Park in South Africa. Photo: video screenshot

It has become easier for European tourists to visit the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. The Lufthansa Group’s leisure airline, Eurowings Discover (4Y), took off from Frankfurt on Tuesday evening at 9:55 p.m. and touched down in the town of Mbombela, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), at 2:10 p.m. for the first time! After a
short stopover in Windhoek, flight 4Y142 was greeted with an aquatic salute and a festive ceremony. (Watch below.)

  • Lufthansa Group’s premium leisure carrier Eurowings Discover serves the route
    Frankfurt (FRA) – Kruger Mpumalanga International (MQP) for the first time
  • Eurowings Discover is the first intercontinental airline to introduce
    scheduled air services to the greater Kruger National Park area
  • Up to three weekly direct flights from Frankfurt to Kruger Mpumalanga
    international airport

This morning, an excited KMIA said, “Hello! Today is an incredibly special day for South African tourism as we welcome a very special arrival to KMIA for the first time.
Eurowings Discover arrives in Mbombela, Kruger National Park!

German Ambassador Andreas Peschke noted that the flight is good news for “South Africa as a tourist destination, and for German visitors who want to enjoy this part of this unique country. Welcome, Eurowings Discover, to Kruger Park! Namukelekile!”

As of November 15, 2022, Eurowings Discover operates up to three (3) weekly direct flights between Frankfurt and KMIA with year-round service. This makes Eurowings Discover the only carrier operating direct flights between the South African province of Mpumalanga and Germany.

Kruger Mpumalanga is the seventh destination offered by Eurowings Discover on the continent having already started services from Frankfurt to Mombasa, Zanzibar, Mauritius, Windhoek, Victoria Falls and Kilimanjaro.

“We are both delighted and proud to begin flight operations between Frankfurt and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport as the first intercontinental airline. For me personally, it is a particular pleasure to be on board today’s inaugural Eurowings Discover flight. This is a truly unique addition not only to our own leisure portfolio, but also to the entire Lufthansa Group network.

“It has never been easier for travelers from all over Europe to discover the beauty and diversity of this magnificent nature and wildlife reserve which is particularly appreciated by
holidaymakers from Germany,” says Helmut Woelfel, Commercial Director of
Discover Eurowings.

Welcoming the landing of the first ever direct Eurowings Discover flight between Germany and Mpumalanga, Nompumelelo Hlophe, Mpumalanga MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, said:

“As Mpumalanga, we are very pleased with the landing of the first ever direct flight from Germany; it is a sign of confidence in our tourism industry. We are delighted that this further exposes and promotes the destination of Mpumalanga as a top international tourist destination.

“We are absolutely certain that the Eurowings Discover direct flight will increase the number of international tourists from Germany and Europe in general. We welcome the initiative and encourage other airlines to also consider flying direct to our province. Indeed, when we come together for a purpose, we will surely be greater than the sum of our parts. I believe this partnership will not only accelerate economic activity through tourism, but will also bring Europeans and our citizens closer together for future collaborative efforts.

Grant Ponting, CEO of KMI Airport, said:

“Seeing the wheels hit the ground today was an incredible moment for all of us. We are proud of our role in this game-changing route development and look forward to working with all stakeholders to fully realize the potential of our region’s wonderful tourism assets and the sustainability of this direct intercontinental program to and from. Europe.

“This is a game-changing achievement for the province. This direct flight from Frankfurt to KMIA will promote the destination and increase the number of tourists to the province. We look forward to providing our German tourists with a memorable experience of wildlife, scenic beauty, adventure, culture and heritage,” said Mr. Mduduzi Vilakazi, Acting CEO of the Agency. tourism and parks in Mpumalanga.

Nomasonto Ndlovu, COO of SA Tourism, added: “Germany is a key source market for South Africa. We know from our knowledge and commitment to German tourists that they want to be outdoors to explore and enjoy nature. Mpumalanga offers that and more. The province offers a wide variety of experiences in the great outdoors, wildlife as well as quaint small towns characterized by unique South African cultures with warm and welcoming people always ready to receive and please tourists. South Africa is indeed open for business and we invite visitors to this market to use South Africa’s vast network to explore other parts of our country as well, as we offer a wide variety of tourism products and experiences. .

Ensuring a safe environment will obviously have to remain a priority for tourism to thrive, after the tragic murder of a German tourist en route to Kruger National Park in October.

The Eurowings flight will not only benefit Europeans, but also South Africans who want to travel to Europe. Flights can be booked on

WATCH the celebrations as Eurowings lands at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

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