Lufthansa Group provides best connections to Africa
Increasing focus on Africa as a growth market / Extensive range of flights offered / Group companies promote development
The Lufthansa Group is involved in many ways in Africa’s dynamic growth. The most important growth markets on the continent have been integrated into the Group’s global route network and are served by frequent connections. Over the past five decades, Africa has occupied an important place in Lufthansa’s flight schedule. “Air travel plays a major role in the continent’s economic and political development,” says Karl Ulrich Garnadt, a member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board. “Lufthansa is participating actively in this process and at the same time is consolidating and steadily expanding the Group’s position in Africa.”
Lufthansa itself serves 16 destinations in Africa with 113 flights per week from Frankfurt and Munich. Together with its partners SWISS, Austrian Airlines, bmi and Brussels Airlines, the Lufthansa Group serves a total of 38 destinations with 265 flights per week. Expansion of the route network has focused on West and Central Africa. In the past few years, the logistics specialist Lufthansa Cargo has considerably expanded its activities in Africa.
In addition to the Group’s airlines, several other Lufthansa Group companies are active in Africa. For example, Lufthansa Technik, the world’s leading provider of MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) services, counts many African airlines among its customers. For more than 20 years, Lufthansa Consulting has been advising airlines and airports and has thus provided support in the restructuring, privatisation and expansion of traffic infrastructures. Meanwhile, Lufthansa’s catering subsidiary, LSG Sky Chefs, has its own facilities at numerous airports.
Lufthansa takes its corporate social responsibility seriously and is committed to helping others. The staff initiatives HelpAlliance and Cargo Human Care support numerous projects in Africa. Cargo Human Care works with doctors from all over Germany and provides direct, professional and unbureaucratic assistance, for example, by transporting emergency aid and medical equipment to Kenya.
Lufthansa is also committed to maintaining important eco-systems in Africa. The Group plays an extremely active role in protecting the crane, the bird in its corporate logo, and helps to preserve its natural habitats, which are under threat. Through its support for the Living Lakes initiative, Lufthansa is playing its part in helping to conserve the earth’s drinking water reserves.
Further information is contained in the brochure “The Lufthansa Group in Africa”, which can be downloaded from the Lufthansa website at www.lufthansa.com/konzern.