I must add my six pence to your comment; EK
's original plan for CPT
was an initially linked service via Jo'burg. A dedicated non-stop was to follow later. This information did come "first-hand"...
Saying this, whatever happened to GF
and their plans to return to JNB
. They released a number of press-releases mentioning the return of the AUH to JNB
services this time last year? Silence since....
It's a matter of time before QR
gets more competition on the route, I know for a fact that EY
(Etihad Airways) is rapidly preparing to commence flights from AUH to JNB
No doubt that QR
will pinch a number of EK
passengers, I know of a few who do not like EK
but have little choice in reaching the Middle East direct.
Good luck to them all and may the competition begin! Hope SAA wakes up sometime soon! There's "only" approx. 70K South Africans in the Middle East, 40K in the UAE alone. I'd love to see their planes in DXB
sometime soon again.