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Etihad Airways to launch Flights to Cape Town in South Africa

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Etihad Airways is to launch flights from its Abu Dhabi home-base to the South African city of Cape Town on 30 September 2009.

 The new Cape Town flights will operate via Etihads current daily, Airbus A330, service to South Africas commercial capital Johannesburg.

Cape Town will be Etihads second destination in South Africa and its fifth on the African continent, joining Khartoum, Cairo and Casablanca.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways chief executive, said, Etihad Airways is committed to expanding its flight network across the world and we are delighted to add flights to Cape Town to our schedule from September. In the coming 12 months demand for flights to South Africa will grow immensely, especially with the 2010 FIFA World Cup next summer.

Etihad started flights to Johannesburg in December 2005 and it has since then established itself as one of the airlines most successful destinations.

It is expected that the new Cape Town service will 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 one of South Africas premier tourist destination offering many highlights such as the iconic Table Mountain.

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