Etihad Airways is to launch flights from its Abu
Dhabi home-base to the South African city of Cape Town on 30
The new Cape Town flights will operate via
Etihad’s current daily, Airbus A330, service to South Africa’s
commercial capital Johannesburg.
Cape Town will be 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,
“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.”
flights to Johannesburg in December 2005 and it has since then
established itself as one of the airline’s most successful
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
Africa’s premier tourist destination offering many highlights
such as the iconic Table Mountain.
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