Business stakeholders in Cape Town and Miami are pushing for direct nonstop flights between the two cities, both considered gateways to emerging markets — Florida to Latin America, and the Western Cape to the rest of Africa, CapeBusinessNews reported.
There’s a strong case for a direct flight between Cape Town and Miami, according to Western Cape tourism and business leaders with strong connections to the U.S. U.S. officials back that up.
Florida is the fourth largest economy in the U.S. with over 19 million residents and there is pent up demand for direct flights to Cape Town, said Abigail Ellary, director of Enterprise Florida, a public-private partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders. Enterprise Florida is the principal economic development organization for Florida.
Miami seems to be the destination that was the focus of the meeting, said van Rooyen, according to TourismUpdate.
Possible airlines could include American, United and Delta. “They are definitely approaching all the other airlines to see who would be prepared to fly in here,” Van Rooyen said. “The Miami flight would also open up a lot of South American business.”
[Edited 2016-06-07 11:56:01]