Eurowings Discover to commence direct flights from Frankfurt to the Kruger National Park



  • Eurowings Discover is the first intercontinental airline ever to introduce scheduled air services to the greater Kruger National Park region
  • Lufthansa Group introduces brand new leisure airline Eurowings Discover to the South African market
  • Three weekly direct flights from Frankfurt to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) from mid-November 2022


Eurowings Discover is the first intercontinental airline ever to start scheduled oper-ations to South Africa's largest national park. In its first season, between 15 Novem-ber 2022 and 25 March 2023 Eurowings Discover will fly three times a week from Frankfurt to Mbombela, Kruger National Park, with a short stopover in Windhoek. Never before has the destination, which is particularly popular with holidaymakers from Germany, been reached faster and more directly.


New Lufthansa Group brand to service the South African market

Eurowings Discover has a strong commercial focus on leisure destinations on the African continent and the arrival of the airline in Mpumalanga signifies a new brand introduced by the Lufthansa Group to the South African market. Kruger Mpuma-langa is the seventh destination offered by Eurowings Discover on the continent after already starting services from Frankfurt to Mombasa, Zanzibar, Mauritius and Windhoek, followed later by Victoria Falls and Kilimanjaro.

"We are very excited to be commencing scheduled flights to greater Kruger Na-tional Park region as the first intercontinental airline ever. Not only is it a truly unique destination but it also marks the first South African destination in our port-folio – needless to emphasize the attractiveness and popularity of South Africa among European holidaymakers. Our booking figures show that travelers from all over Europe are increasingly drawn to the vastness and beauty of the African con-tinent. We are therefore relying on a versatile Africa program this year and will continue to expand it in the future," explains Helmut Woelfel, Chief Commercial Officer of Eurowings Discover.

“With the introduction of our brand-new flight service between Frankfurt and Mbombela, the Lufthansa Group now offers three destinations within South Africa to choose from. Connecting people is at the heart of our company values and by adding a third destination to our South African network, which will be operated by our new leisure airline Eurowings Discover, we are able to offer our customers even greater variety and convenience when planning their journey. We are extremely proud and excited to be the first European carrier to launch direct scheduled flight services to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, thus further underlining our support for the restart of tourism in South Africa and our long-term commitment to the region,” says Dr. Andre Schulz, General Manager, Southern and East Africa, Lufthansa Group.

“We at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, are incredibly excited about Eu-rowings Discover’s new service starting in November 2022. Germany is one of Mpumalanga’s key tourist markets and along with all our stakeholders and provin-cial partners we are proud of our role in enabling this route development. This ser-vice from Frankfurt to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport also opens possi-ble onward connectivity opportunities to other domestic and regional tourist desti-nations for our visitors. We look forward to showcasing our unique ‘Gateway to Mpumalanga’ experience and welcoming our new international guests to the greater Kruger National Park region” said Grant Ponting, CEO of KMI Airport.

“The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) delightedly welcomes the fulfilment of the dream of landing our first direct overseas flight from Europe, Frankfurt in Germany. This is a game changing achievement as we intensify the implementation of the Mpumalanga Tourism Recovery Plan after the devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism industry. The success and growth of this route depends on the support we give as the government and all in-dustry roll players. We look forward to providing our tourists with a memorable ex-perience of wildlife, scenic beauty, adventure, culture and heritage” said Mr. Jo-hannes Nobunga, CEO of Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency.


High-quality product with many services included

Eurowings Discover offers a high-quality product with many services included. The aircraft offers up to 300 seats, up to 30 of which are in Business Class (lie-flat seats), up to 31 in Premium Economy and up to 244 in Economy. In all three clas-ses, guests can look forward to a special, high-quality travel experience with all meals and non-alcoholic beverages included in the fare. Next to the culinary expe-rience, Eurowings Discover also provides excellent entertainment onboard the flight to vacation – completely free of charge in all classes. With their own screens, travelers can choose from over 50 movies, 80 TV programs, and numerous sound-tracks. Another special feature on board Eurowings Discover: guests can quickly and easily connect to the Onboard Cloud via their own device to receive an ex-tended entertainment offer with a wide selection of magazines and over 50 cut-ting-edge games, gaming streams as well as an integrated gaming platform.

The flights are bookable via all usual booking channels including and Through the integration into the Lufthansa network, passengers benefit from the direct connection to all German and European Lufthansa depar-ture points as well as a continuous booking process and seamless transfer traffic.


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About Eurowings Discover

Eurowings Discover is the Lufthansa Group's new leisure airline that flies travelers from the Frankfurt am Main hub – and from summer 2022 also from Munich – to the most beautiful local and long-distance destinations in the world. The aim of Eurowings Discover is to tailor the travel experience to the individual needs of its guests and to make the flight a special experience. Through the integration into the Lufthansa network, passengers benefit from the direct connection to all German and European Lufthansa departure points as well as a continuous booking process and seamless transfer traffic. As a 100 percent subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the airline draws on the expertise and experience of one of the world’s leading aviation companies.

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