Etihad Airways has launched flights from its Abu
Dhabi home-base to Cape Town, South Africa’s second most populous
city and the country’s leading tourist destination.
The new flights operate via the airline’s
current daily Airbus A330 service to South Africa’s commercial
capital Johannesburg. Cape Town is Etihad’s second destination in
South Africa and its fifth on the African continent, joining
Khartoum, Cairo and Casablanca.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief
executive, said, “South Africa is a leading global destination of
choice for tourism and commerce and we are thrilled to launch a
daily service to Cape Town, our second city in the country.
“In addition to the strong demand for flights from
expatriate South African nationals, business and leisure
travellers, many thousands of football fans are expected to travel
there next year when South Africa hosts the 2010 FIFA World Cup.”
The new Cape Town
service is expected to be welcomed by the South African expatriate
community living in the UAE which now stands at approximately
40,000 people. Many more South African nationals live across the
Middle East region and also will be able to connect quickly and
easily back home via Abu Dhabi.
Cape Town is the
provincial capital of the Western Cape, as well as the legislative
capital of South Africa, where the national parliament and many
government offices are situated.
The city is South
Africa’s premier tourist destination offering many highlights
including the iconic Table Mountain, V & A waterfront, the beaches
of Camps Bay, and Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was
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