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Austrian, Volare & Eurofly May Fly To RSA  
User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2076 times:


Seems as if South Africa is currently more popular than ever with visitors; from btonline.co.uk:

'Several airlines are considering adding services to South Africa as demand for flights increases.
Both Austrian Airlines and Alitalia might resume flights to South Africa, which both carriers withdrew earlier this year. Alitalia subsidiary Eurofly and new European carrier Volare are also planning to launch South African routes.

According to Carmine Bassetti, executive director of Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa), Eurofly could introduce six South Africa-bound flights per week from next April and Austrian Airlines is considering the reintroduction of one or two flights a week, at least one being direct to Cape Town.

Monhla Hlahla, CEO of Asca, has asked South African Airways to use aircraft withdrawn from its New York service to operate on its services from Johannesburg to Paris and Zurich.

Other airlines have recently increased frequencies to the country. KLM, for example, has recently added three weekly flights from Amsterdam.
Lufthansa has introduced six weekly flights from Munich to Johannesburg.

The likes of Virgin Atlantic and Air France are now operating their flights to Johannesburg on larger planes.
South Africa is being seen by tourist and business travellers as a safer destination than some cities in Europe and the US in the wake of the September 11 attacks.'

(from someone who is flying to Cape Town tomorrow  Big grin ).

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User currently offlineAirblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1828 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2040 times:

For Volare Group I think they mean Air Europe.

User currently offlinePatroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2003 times:

This would be excellent news!

Just came back from South Africa (Cape Town and Jo'burg) and I was positively surprised to see that several airlines also now operate daylight flights from Europe to JNB and back, and also from CPT to LHR (Virgin A340).

As I heard from fellow passengers on the SAA 737-800 between JNB and CPT, all their flights to JNB had been rather full, regardless if they came with LH, SAA, AF, BA, SR or IB.

Best regards,


User currently offlineKONSTANTINOS From Greece, joined Jun 2001, 389 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1990 times:

wish i was flying to capetown tomorrow.

User currently offlineRickster From Austria, joined Dec 2000, 653 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1985 times:

I´ve never understood why Austrian Airlines gave up South Africa. Some friends of mine working as F/As at OS told me they had a very good load factor. Nobody in the company had a clue why the former management closed down JNB. Anyway OS had some very strange strategies in the past, hopefully this becomes better now.

After the pax collapse on all transatlantic routes OS is desperately looking for new (old) markets again (to resume Shanghai for example, wich was also discussed).
I can imagine that OS and LH will create a deal between MUC and VIE, so to say 3 - 4 times LH RSA to MUC and/or 2 -3 times OS to VIE.

User currently offlineJohnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2663 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1980 times:

Certainly shows how curious times are when people think of South Africa as safer than the USA!

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1977 times:

Johnboy, even in 'normal' times, I wouldn't class the US as being a lot safer than RSA anyway!


User currently offlineSunAir From India, joined Jun 2009, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

This is great news! More flights means greater investment.

Picard, hope you have a great time in CPT!!  Smile

SunAir  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 4 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1972 times:

Yup, flying on BA 59 tonight at 7.30pm, seat 14K. Yay!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

South Africa here I come!  Big thumbs up


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