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Lufthansa Group Enhances Connectivity to East Africa with Increased Capacity

A Lufthansa A330 departing Austin in 2019 with Air Force One in the background. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Mateen Kontoravdis)

Europe’s Lufthansa Group is bolstering its connectivity to East Africa by significantly increasing its capacity to the region. The strategic move aims to cater to the surging demand for air travel and strengthen Lufthansa’s presence in this dynamic market.

Effective from June 3. 2023, Lufthansa is set to elevate its operations by introducing daily flights between Frankfurt, Germany, and Nairobi, Kenya. This notable development marks a significant milestone for Lufthansa, as it will be the first time the airline operates daily flights to the Kenyan capital.

The enhanced flight schedule will provide passengers with flexibility and convenience when planning their journeys between Europe and East Africa, according to Kevin Markette, General Manager of East Africa at Lufthansa Group.

Departing each evening at 22:25 local time, the Frankfurt-Nairobi flight is tailored to meet the needs of both business and leisure travelers. per a company press release. Arriving in Nairobi at 20:30 hours, passengers will have ample time to connect with various destinations in Europe during the day, ensuring seamless travel experiences.

Markette, General Manager of East Africa at Lufthansa Group, expressed his enthusiasm about the expanded frequency, stating, “Kenya remains a key focus market for Lufthansa in East Africa, and this decision to maximize our offering into the country is driven by the significant increase in demand and the unwavering support from the local community within the region.”

In addition to the increased frequency to Nairobi, Lufthansa Group’s leisure carrier, Eurowings Discover, will also expand its services to East Africa. Commencing from June 20, 2023 to Sept. 12, 2023, the current four weekly flights between Frankfurt and Mombasa will be increased to five weekly flights.

Brussels Airlines Grows Africa Network

Recognizing the importance of the entire East African region, Lufthansa Group continues to invest in expanding its network and connectivity. Brussels Airlines, a subsidiary of Lufthansa Group, will increase its capacity between Brussels and Kigali. Originally planned as a seasonal increase, the current frequency of four weekly flights will now be maintained throughout the winter season of 2023. This adjustment complements the daily flights offered by Brussels Airlines between Brussels and Entebbe, further emphasizing the commitment of Lufthansa Group to the region.

Victor Shalton


  • Victor Shalton

    Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Victor’s love for aviation goes way back to when he was 11-years-old. Living close to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, he developed a love for planes and he even recalls aspiring to be a future airline executive for Kenya Airways. He also has a passion in the arts and loves writing and had his own aviation blog prior to joining AirlineGeeks. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at DeKUT and aspiring to make a career in a more aviation-related course.

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