What Visa Restrictions? ‘Our Flights Are Full.’ Lufthansa Adding Service To SA

What Visa Restrictions? ‘Our Flights Are Full.’ Lufthansa Adding Service To SA

As of June 1, travelers with children must produce unabridged birth certificates when entering and leaving South Africa. Some tourism-related stakeholders predict dire consequences for South African tourism. Others say it won’t have much effect, according to an earlier AFKInsider report.

Child trafficking is a problem all over Africa. The South African government estimates that 30,000 children are trafficked into South Africa annually, often to work as laborers or prostitutes, NewsHub reported.

Some stakeholders have questioned those numbers.

David Frost, CEO of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association, said the new visa rules resulted in a 20-percent drop in bookings for June compared to 2014, according to IndependentOnline.

John Parker, a product manager for Premier Holidays Africa, told TTGDigital, “In our experience it’s not had that much impact in the last few weeks or months…South Africa tends to be a destination that people are pre-booking far in advance so it gives them time to make the arrangements.”

Here’s one airline that says its business has not been affected by the new visa rules.

From Traveller24.

While some international airlines have cited issues with South Africa’s new visa rules, Lufthansa says demand for Cape Town as a top leisure destination will see it implementing two additional seasonal flight to the city for its winter season commencing in October.

Speaking at a press briefing held in Cape Town on Thursday, Dr. Andre Schulz, Lufthansa’s new general manager for South Africa said, “While initially the roll out of the visa requirements were confusing, from my experience there has been very few incidents and I don’t know of a single person who has been sent back, our flights are full.”

Lufthansa announced at the briefing that the airline would be increasing its capacity between Munich and Cape Town from five weekly flights to a daily non-stop schedule as well as adding new African destinations through its group network.

…Lufthansa is upgrading its service on the Johannesburg-Frankfurt route in October. The carrier will operate the Boeing 747-8, the next generation of the iconic Jumbo Jet.

Read more at Traveller24.