From the end of this month, Lufthansa will re-introduce direct services to Cape Town. The flights will operate three times a week.
Dr André Schulz, Lufthansa’s gm Southern Africa and East Africa, says this brings a new sense of optimism, adding that he believes we are starting to see the light at the end of what has been an immensely challenging period.
More good news is that from April 1, there will be five weekly flights between Johannesburg and Frankfurt.
SWISS flights between Johannesburg and Zurich will continue three times per week.
From April 2, the schedule will be:
FRA-CPT: LH576, Wed, Fri, Sun, departing at 22h15
CPT-FRA: LH577 , Mon, Thu, Sat, departing at 17h45
FRA-JNB: LH572, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, departing at 22h05
JNB-FRA: LH573, Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun, departing at 19h00
ZRH-JNB: LX288, Tue, Fri, Sun, departing at 22h40
JNB-ZRH: LX289, Mon, Wed, Sat, departing at 19h25
In the same communication, the airline offers a special deal – excellent round-trip rates to a selection of European destinations, for travel from April 1 to November, when booked via the NDC channel. Booking is March 25-April 30.
Booking class ‘K’, Economy, when sourced from NDC is R5 100 incl. taxes (GDS price is R7 000).
Booking class ‘N’, Premium Economy, when sourced from NDC is R15 690 incl. taxes (GDS price is R16 390).
Booking class ‘P’, Business, when sourced from NDC is R28 990 incl. taxes (GDS price is R29 890).
Maya is Lufthansa’s latest sales-servicing AI-powered chatbot, and she has the answers to 600 questions that agents may have. André says this technology will facilitate faster turnaround times, and agents will not have to call the B2B service line. Maya will come to South Africa from April 1 and will then be available 24/7 to all agents registered on Lufthansa’s eXperts platform.
“2021 will be a year of modernisation and redimensioning for us, with a clear focus on our purpose to connect people, cultures and economies in a sustainable way,” said André.