Lufthansa Group’s airline, Eurowings Discover, will now offer flights between Windhoek and Victoria Falls in Southern Africa.
The German Lufthansa Group will now offer tickets for flights between two tourism centres in Southern Africa – Namibia’s Windhoek and Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls.
According to Travel News, these flights will be operated by Eurowings Discover, Lufthansa’s long-haul leisure airline, and may be booked via the Global Distribution System (GDS). Round-trip flights from Windhoek start from NAD 4 560 (R4613), inclusive of taxes. Round-trip flights from Victoria Falls start from US$310 (R4 540), inclusive of taxes.
Fifth freedom rights for Lufthansa and Eurowings Discover
Lufthansa GM Southern and East Africa, Dr André Schulz, explained that Lufthansa Group had obtained fifth freedom rights.
“Today, I am particularly excited to inform you that Lufthansa Group has obtained fifth freedom rights, which enables our customers to purchase tickets on the regional tag flight between Windhoek-Victoria Falls-Windhoek, promoting regional tourism between Namibia and Zimbabwe.”
Fifth freedom rights allow a particular airline to carry revenue traffic between foreign countries as a part of services connecting the airline’s own country. It refers to the right to carry passengers from the airline’s own country to a second country, and passengers from that country onward to a third country.
Fifth freedom rights are rather rare within Africa, but is quite commonplace in Europe.
Dr Schulz also added that due to positive booking trends and popularity, Lufthansa was increasing its capacity into the Namibian market by offering a further three flights per week between Frankfurt and Windhoek from July to September.