Friday, July 3, 2009

New cheap flights to Lagos and west central Africa

Lufthansa air is adding another new destination to its network, expanding its services in west and central Africa. Beginning July 15, 2009, the airline will fly five times per week from Frankfurt via Accra, Ghana to Libreville, the capital of Gabon. The route will be operated by Airbus A340 and A330 aircraft with a first-, business-, and economy-class cabin.

“With the latest addition of Libreville, Lufthansa now offers customers flights to 16 destinations across Africa,” said Karl-Ulrich Garnadt, executive vice president of Lufthansa Passenger Airlines. “We are thus continuing to pursue our strategy of integrating all the key growth markets in Africa into our network.”

Gabon has extensive petroleum and manganese reserves and is an important exporter of timber. Through its trade in raw materials with companies in the United States, China, and Europe, the country has an above-average GDP. Gabon lies on the Atlantic coast of central Africa and straddles the equator. The capital, Libreville, a port city with a population of more than half a million, is the country’s economic and political center.

“Our route network is growing steadily, particularly in west and central Africa,” Karl Ulrich Garnadt explained. “Only last year, we added two new destinations – Malabo in Equatorial Guinea and the Angolan capital Luanda – to our schedule. A few weeks ago, we increased our frequencies to Angola to two flights per week.”

In addition, from July 1, 2009, Lufthansa will be serving Accra five times a week non-stop, rather than with a stopover in Lagos, Nigeria. Including the SWISS destinations Douala and Yaounde (both in Cameroon), Lufthansa customers have a choice of 31 flights per week to eight destinations in this dynamic economic region in west and central Africa.