Lufthansa Group operated airline Eurowings Discover touched down on the runway at the Victoria Falls International Airport at 11:15 am today Wednesday 30th of March 2022. The Airbus A330 (Flight 4Y138) which departed from Frankfurt, Germany on March 29 was greeted with a traditional water cannon welcome, much to the joy of both the tourism sector and those in the aviation industry.

By landing at the Victoria Falls International Airport, Eurowings Discover becomes the first flight by a European airline to the destination. Eurowings Discover will operate three weekly direct connections from Frankfurt to Victoria Falls in 2022, with return flights on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The flights are operated as tag flights with a short stopover in Windhoek.

Wolfgang Raebiger

Speaking on the occasion, Eurowings Discover chief executive officer Wolfgang Raebiger described the development as a special milestone for the airline.

“This flight marks a special milestone for our airline Eurowings Discover: We are proud to be the first intercontinental airline offering direct flights to Victoria Falls as of today. ’It has never been easier for travellers from all over Europe to get to know this beautiful country, its culture and kind-hearted people and of course, the stunning natural wonder of Victoria Falls. ’Our booking figures show that travellers from all over Europe are increasingly drawn to the vastness and beauty of the African continent and we are convinced that they will value Victoria Falls as a great and unique addition to our portfolio,” he said.

Victoria Falls is important to Eurowings Discover

Also commenting on the milestone development, Lufthansa Group, Southern and East Africa general manager Andre Schulz said Victoria Falls is of particular importance to the airline

“With the launch of our brand-new Victoria Falls flights, we are now able to offer our customers a direct connection between Europe and the diverse Kavango Zambezi region.

‘’This area is of particular importance to our leisure airline Eurowings Discover, as we continue expanding our portfolio into attractive touristic destinations in Africa. Furthermore, we believe in sustainability and by introducing our new direct Eurowings Discover service to Victoria Falls, we are playing an active part in rebuilding the local tourism industry in Zimbabwe, as well as in the neighbouring countries,” he said. Victoria Falls is the mainstay of Zimbabwean tourism owing to its capability of attracting foreign tourists.

Source: Tourism Focus Zimbabwe