Emirates reaches deeper into South Africa

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Emirates and South African low-cost carrier FlySafair have announced an agreement. Photo Credit: Philip Pilosian/Shutterstock.com

Emirates and South African low-cost carrier FlySafair have announced an agreement, opening up connections to select routes on FlySafair's network in South Africa.

Through the arrangement, Emirates and FlySafair offer the ease of single-ticket travel and through-tagging of baggage for travelers transferring from Emirates' three South Africa gateways -- Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban -- to FlySafair domestic points in the country, such as Port Elizabeth, East London and George.

Emirates resumed service to Johannesburg and Cape Town on Oct. 1 and to Durban on Oct. 8, and it is presently operating 17 flights a week into South Africa.

In October, Flysafair announced a similar interline agreement with Qatar Airways. During the same month, Qatar Airways also announced it signed an interline agreement with Airlink, further expanding its presence in southern Africa as the largest carrier to operate from the region. The agreement with Airlink provides travelers connectivity via Cape Town and Johannesburg to more than 20 regional destinations in southern Africa, including Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique. In the next few weeks, Airlink will also add Lubumbashi, Congo, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to its growing network of regional destinations.

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