A number of
international airlines have announced they will be launching new routes or increasing
existing frequencies to South Africa over the coming few months.
Air France KLM
will start operating daily flights between Amsterdam and Cape Town year round
starting in May; the airline will use the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the
route. Also, Air Botswana has announced it will reintroduce a direct
service between Maun and Cape Town beginning March 25.
Iberia has announced it will once again fly to South Africa. The airline
will resume flights between Madrid and Johannesburg in August, operating
an Airbus A330-300. “When we stopped flying to Johannesburg, we said we would
resume our flights on this route as soon as possible,” said Iberia’s Chairman
and CEO, Luis Gallego. “Now
we’ve come back to stay, with a new brand image and new, more fuel-efficient
aircraft, equipped with new cabins and much improved customer service.”
The South African
coastal city of Durban has seen no less than three new international airlines
starting operations in the past few weeks. In the beginning of November,
Turkish Airlines launched direct flights from Durban, while Qatar Airways and
Ethiopian Airlines have started direct services from mid-December.