Air travel: Return of several international airlines from October
Several international airlines have indicated a willingness to resume operations to South Africa from October.
AIRLINES INDICATE A WILLINGNESS TO RESUME FLIGHTS TO SA
A number of major international airlines have indicated that they will resume operations to Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town from October, once the South African government has given the go-ahead.
“Now that we are allowed to take to the skies for commercial flights, we look forward to welcoming our passengers back on board and contribute toward the revival and success of the aviation business and tourism industry in South Africa,” says Air France and KLM’s Regional Manager of the Southern Africa region, Wouter Vermeulen.
“The German market, however, loves South Africa as a destination, and I foresee that once borders are opened, these tourists will come, provided health and hygiene measures are guaranteed,” said Andre Schulz, Lufthansa’s general manager for sales in Southern and East Africa.
RESUMPTION OF SCHEDULED INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS
Lufthansa German Airlines will offer flights between Johannesburg and Frankfurt, three times per week – operating on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The airline will also introduce direct flights between Cape Town and Frankfurt twice a week, later in October.
Swiss International Airlines will offer one flight per week between Johannesburg and Zurich, from October.
Emirates Airlines will reintroduce flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town from 1 October, and to Durban from 4 October.
Ethiopian Airlines has indicated that it will restart commercial flights to both Johannesburg and Cape Town as of 1 October.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will reinstate daily commercial flights between Johannesburg and Amsterdam. Cape Town to Amsterdam flights will be operated four times per week – on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Air France will resume its flights from Johannesburg to Paris, offering 5 flights per week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Flights between Cape Town and Paris should be reinstated from 5 December, with flights being operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Airlines have warned that their scheduled operations are subject to change. Passenger demand will dictate the number of flights that are operated in the short term.
When demand increases, airlines will increase the number of flights they operate to South Africa.