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Germany’s Lufthansa to resume Nairobi flights

German airline Lufthansa has resumed flights to Nairobi after an 18-year absence.

The airline has announced its plans to fly to Nairobi from Frankfurt four times a week starting from October 27, this year.

“We are delighted that Lufthansa is making a comeback to Nairobi as one of its destinations. This is bound to have a positive impact on Kenya’s tourism sector, considering Germany is one of our key source markets,” said Kenya Tourism Board Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa.

Given Lufthansa’s expansive destination network in Europe, North and South America, the latest move offers an opportunity for the ailing tourism industry to scale up marketing efforts in these regions.

“It’s not just the German market that we will be targeting but also countries where Lufthansa flies to. We are currently implementing a global marketing campaign as part of tourism sector recovery efforts and the decision by Lufthansa is therefore timely,” said Mr Muriithi.

Before this, Lufthansa has, over time, relied on partners such as Swiss and Brussels Airlines, which are codeshared to connect their passengers to Nairobi.

Last year, the airline launched direct cargo flights to Nairobi using Jambo Kenya freighter, with a total capacity of 103 tonnes.

SOURCE: Daily Nation