There has been some great news recently for Cape Town, higlighted in the 2 articles below. The articles mention the introduction additional direct flights to Cape Town, a vital factor as a long haul destination. The decision by Emirates has been described by those within the Aviation Industry as the “biggest news” in Aviation in 2011 for South Africa.
Source: just4airlines.com and Edelweiss Air
News for winter 2011/12
Cape Town new to programme
From the end of October Edelweiss Air will fly to Cape Town on Tuesdays and Fridays. The city at the southern tip of Africa is very popular among vacationers from Switzerland: 12,000 flew to Cape Town during the 2009/10 winter season. The number of visitors arriving from Switzerland continued to rise during the final months of 2010. The full year saw 39,275 visitors from Switzerland arrive – a remarkable gain of 25.2% over the figure for the previous year.
Edelweiss Air is hoping to achieve a further increase with its first non-stop flight from Zurich. The Edelweiss flights to Cape Town can be combined with flights operated by SWISS to Johannesburg. Thanks to a codeshare agreement with SWISS on connecting flights to Zurich, Edelweiss Air is able to attract customers from across Europe.
Breaking news: EK adds another daily Cape Town service
09 Wed, Mar 2011
STARTING March 27, Emirates will be introducing an additional daily service to Cape Town. Flights will depart Dubai at 03h50, arriving in Cape Town at 11h40. The return service will depart Cape Town at 13h40, arriving in Dubai at 01h15 the following day.The second service, according to the airline “vastly” improves connections to both the Sub Continent, the America’s as well as Europe. EK773 is operated by an Airbus 340-500 and has a capacity to seat 258 passengers in a three class configuration.
With the introduction of the additional flight Emirates now operates a total of six daily international flights out of South Africa increasing its frequency to a total of 42 per week.