The German airline Lufthansa landed at O.R. Tambo International today, while Emirates got a water salute as it landed in Cape Town, the first international flights with the opening of borders today.

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Lufthansa Boeing 747. Photo: Twitter.

“Lufthansa and SWISS are the first European airlines to resume operations to South Africa, after the country reopened the borders. LH572 was already warmly welcomed this morning! Flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town are now available,” Lufthansa said today. The Emirates flight from Dubai got a rousing waterhose salute as a welcome as it taxied in at Cape Town International and passengers got a great welcome from a band and well wishers (watch the videos below).

“Great news!” tweeted German ambassador Martin Schafer. “And a truly important moment! SA opens up and reconnects to the world. German ⁦@lufthansa was the first carrier to land this morning.”

Airports Company South Africa today welcomed back the two airlines, as well as Ethiopian Airlines and KLM.

Germany, Tthiopia and UAE are three countries whose citizens are allowed into South Africa (Neitherlands isn’t yet), although many nations are still banned from entering the country