Fly Blue Crane to launch competitive Mthatha to Joburg route

2016-07-20 07:30
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Cape Town - Fly Blue Crane will be flying Mthatha to Johannesburg from October 1‚ with tickets expected to cost R799.

BD Live reports Eastern Cape transport MEC Weziwe Tikana made the announcement on Tuesday, calling the new low-cost airline  "a game-changer" as the airline is set to offer competitive rates on flights usually priced at an estimated R3 000. 

Fly Blue Crane will initially offer two flights a day between Mthatha and Johannesburg, with the airline said to be in the final stages of planning the route. Traveller24 contacted Fly Blue Crane but no further details on the route were available. 

The airline, which typically only offered flights to micro-cities within SA's borders announced its regional debut in May, after receiving approval from South African and Namibian authorities to launch services between Cape Town and Windhoek in Namibia.

Fly Blue Crane launched its inaugural flights from OR Tambo International Airport on September 1 last year. The airlines offers cargo services on all its flights to Kimberley and Bloemfontein, as well as between Kimberley and Cape Town, and between Bloemfontein and Cape Town.

In December last year, Fly Blue Crane cancelled their Johannesburg - Nelspruit route, and made adjustments to its flights schedules for Kimberley to Cape Town. 

The airline operates modern and fuel-efficient 50-seater Embraer Regional Jet 145 (ERJ) aircraft in a single class configuration. It uses the International Air Transport Association (IATA) code 7B.

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