Eurowings Discover, the German holiday airline, has suspended flights to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Mbombela, South Africa, effective from 26 March 2023, reports aeroTelegraph.
The airline cited low demand as the reason for the suspension of the service. Eurowings Discover launched the service in November 2022 and had planned to make it a year-round service from August 2022. The airline had been the first intercontinental airline to start scheduled operations to Kruger National Park.
Despite the suspension of the KMIA route, the German leisure-carrier will increase its weekly flights from Frankfurt to Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek, Namibia, to ten flights per week in the 2023 summer flight schedule. The airline will also offer up to three weekly direct flights from Frankfurt to Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Eurowings Discover is also expanding its summer timetable for 2023 and adding new routes from its bases in Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic to its program.
The airline will be introducing new flights from Hamburg to Tunis every Tuesday, Nador in Morocco every Wednesday from May 14. Eurowings will also launch flights from Stuttgart to Monastir, Morocco, every Wednesday from May 31.
According to a Eurowings spokesperson, the airline is expanding its range of “family and home visits” flights. The airline is expected to add more destinations to its portfolio in the near future.
Eurowings Discover is a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group and was launched in 2021 to offer long-haul leisure flights from Frankfurt and Munich airports. The airline operates a fleet of Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
While Eurowings Discover has decided to suspend flights to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport due to low demand, the airline is expanding its services to other African destinations. The new routes will provide more options for travelers looking to explore the continent. The airline’s expansion plans demonstrate its commitment to the African aviation industry and its determination to meet the needs of its customers.