THE Lufthansa Group’s new subsidiary, Eurowings Discover launched its inaugural flight to Zanzibar yesterday signifying efforts of reviving tourism that has been hit hard by the Covid-19.

Zanzibar Minister for Tourism and Heritage Lulu Mohamed Mussa led several stakeholders in tourism and travel businesses to welcome the plane at the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (AAKIA) terminal III, where the short ceremony was staged.

The plane landed at around 7.15 am (local time) followed by water saluting of the A330- 200 flight 4Y134 before the minister cut the ribbon to signify opening the door for the new flight.

She expressed happiness that it will further boost Zanzibar’s efforts of reviving tourism hit by the Covid-19.

“We are happy to welcome Eurowings discovery flight. We hope it will bring in more tourists at this time, when the economy is recovering, as well as know it mostly depends on tourism,” Ms Mussa said.

According to available data, tourism contributes to more than 25 per cent to GDP and also employs (direct employment) more than 60, 000 people.

However, Ms Mussa welcomed other international flights to Zanzibar, saying: “Zanzibar and the Mainland Tanzania is a safe place for tourists and that the government is encouraging health workers, staff at the official entry points and other workers in the tourism industry to have the Covid-19 vaccine.”

The Zanzibar Airports Authority (ZAA) Acting Director General Mr Fadhil Juma Ali asked the enthusiastic gathering at the airport to provide all the necessary and recommended services to the visitors.