After more than 8 months’ break caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Lufthansa has resumed flights to Nigeria. The first flight of the airline landed in Lagos on Thursday.
“Lufthansa always was and will stay dedicated to Nigeria, one of our key markets in Africa. As we have received the final permission to reopen our flight operations, we are happy to be the first airline to reconnect Nigeria directly to the centre of Europe and onwards to all other continents,” General Manager Nigeria & Equatorial Guinea Lufthansa Group Airlines, Adenike Macaulay, said.
“Health and safety continue to be our top priority and we are committed to maintain a strict adherence to hygiene regulations for all our flights,” she added.
The German carrier said it would offer up to five weekly departures from Lagos to Frankfurt and starting on 8 December, it would also connect the capital Abuja with three weekly departures.
Touchdown! Endlich wieder zurück in @LOSairport✈️. @lufthansa verbindet Nigeria 🇳🇬 als erste Fluggesellschaft aus der EU 🇪🇺🇩🇪. Unsere A330-300 genoss die Wasserfontäne bei 28 Grad. Nach 8 Monaten Pause verbinden wir 🇳🇬 jetzt wieder 8x wöchentlich mit @airport_fra. pic.twitter.com/gL0OWT0Sfq
— Lufthansa News (@lufthansaNews) December 3, 2020
Lufthansa said its flight LH568, Frankfurt to Lagos, serviced by an Airbus 330-300, offers passengers seats in all three classes, including Business Class and Premium Economy Class, disclosing that after its arrival in Lagos this service will continue to Malabo /Equatorial Guinea.
The non-stop flight would commence with three weekly departures on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to be increased to five weekly frequencies every day except Tuesdays and Sundays. The return flight will be scheduled on the same days of operations reaching Frankfurt only after six hours flight.
LH594 would be the flight number for the resumed connection between Frankfurt and Abuja with three weekly departures. An Airbus 330-300 connects the Nigerian capital to the financial centre of Germany, Frankfurt, also with seats in three classes. Finally, it is planned that this flight would also resume service to Port Harcourt; however, this onward flight is not yet confirmed until the airport is reopened.
Lufthansa and Air France/KLM were given the approval to operate international flights into Nigeria on 17 November.