Lufthansa is expanding operations in South Africa, adding a non-stop route from Cape Town to Frankfurt – the airline has announced.

Dr André Schulz, Lufthansa General Manager for Southern Africa, speaking at a media briefing in Cape Town, says the city will now boast services to both Lufthansa Hubs, Munich & Frankfurt.

The new route will start 2 December 2016, with the long-term view to make the route permanent, according to Schulz, complimenting the year-round daily flights from Johannesburg. Added to this, Edelweiss the Swiss Leisure carrier is expected to continue seasonal flights to Zurich.

Flights will depart from Frankfurt every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday – with bookings available immediately for these flights from Friday, 27 May 2016, either through the Lufthansa website or through travel agent.

Flight LH576 leaves Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub at 22:10 and arrives in Cape Town the following morning at 11:00. The return journey departs from Cape Town in the early evening at 18:30 and touches down in Frankfurt the following morning at 05:30, where passengers can access Lufthansa’s entire flight program from its main hub. In total, the Lufthansa Group serves 316 destinations in 101 countries from its hubs in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Flight schedule (all times are local times;winter time) for FRA – CPT 3 times a week
– Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, from 02.12.2016
–  LH576: FRA 22:10 – 11:00 +1 CPT
–  LH577: CPT  18:30 –  05:30 +1 FRA

Flight duration: (on average) 11 hours 50 minutes
Distance: 9 401 km (5 076 nautical miles)
Aircraft type: Airbus A340-300 (30 Business Class; 28 Premium Economy; 221 Economy C