Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1711 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Monhla Hlahla, CEO of Asca, has asked South African Airways to use aircraft withdrawn from its New York service to operate on its services from Johannesburg to Paris and Zurich.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 ).
Patroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1638 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.
Rickster From Austria, joined Dec 2000, 653 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1620 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.