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Lufthansa to resume flights to Kenya 16 years after suspending operations

20 October 2015, 18:41 John Kioko

Mombasa - An airline company that canceled its flights to Kenya 16 years ago will be resuming operations this Saturday.

According to Lufthansa group general manager in Kenya and Ethiopia, Tobias Ernst the company will start offering non-stop services to Nairobi from Frankfurt.

He said cancellation of flights by the company to Kenya was as a result of economic and political issues which faced the country back then.

Asked why decided to resume flights, Ernst said that Kenya is the economic power house for the east African countries which they have decided to bank on.

“We thought this is the right moment to bring tourists and support Kenyan economy with investment and business. As a company, we have seen a big potential in Kenya market," he added.

Lufthansa also showcased its products at the just ended fifth Kenya magical travel expo at Leisure lodge resort in Kwale.

The company plans to have three flights per week, that is Tuesday Wednesday and Saturday.

“Depending on the number of passengers booking, we are expecting to have an additional flight to cater for the high number of customers during high season in December and January,” he said.

He said that their new services would be operated in cooperation with their longstanding and reliable partners Private Air, with a brand new business jet equipped with 86 business and economy seats.

“Flight LH590 will depart at 11:10 am from Lufthansa's Frunkfurt hub every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning to land in Nairobi at 9:35 pm the same evening,” said Ernst.

Re-entry of Lufthansa into the local market according to Kenya Tourism board managing director Mureithi Ndegwa, is a clear indication that the country is moving towards the right direction in recovering the sector which has faced a lot of challenges in the past.

“We are working hard to make the country the best destination and now we are all seeing the outcome when airlines which had suspended their flights to Kenya many years ago are coming back,” he said in Diani last week.

- MyNews24

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