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Western Cape tourism industry welcomes return of Lufthansa flights

This is according to Calvyn Gilfellan, Cape Town Routes Unlimited CEO, following the announcement that the German airline is restoring its seasonal flights between Cape Town and Frankfurt on 31 October 2011. These additional daily, non-stop flights will increase the airline’s capacity by about 60% over a period of five months, bringing more tourists to our destination.

“Germany is one of our key source markets and has shown recovery over the last eighteen months. In 2008 visitor numbers from this market stood at 174 917, dropped to 148 072 in 2009, which was mainly attributed to the trend of decreased travel that preceded the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Thereafter it increased to 161 418 in 2010 because of the World Cup. This represents a promising 9% increase in visitor numbers from 2009 to 2010. The fact that Lufthansa is reinstating their flights is excellent news and depending on how we rollout our collective efforts, we will soon begin to see more growth from this market” comments the CEO.

Deon Cloete, Cape Town International Airport General Manager, explains: “We are thrilled that Lufthansa has decided to invest in seasonal flights to Cape Town, especially during the summer season as the number of travellers tends to increase during this time. We will continue to deliver excellent service to visitors and commit to work together with the tourism industry to attract more direct flights to Cape Town.”

Lufthansa has operated flights between Johannesburg and Frankfurt throughout the year and will soon operate their Boeing B747-400 on the Cape Town-Frankfurt route in order to keep up with demand during the peak of our tourism season in summer.

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