Cape Town - International aviation air travel is on the up and up in South Africa - a positive outlook in an a 2016 economy that hasn't had much of a silver lining as it faces a barrage of possible agency downgrades.
But if there is one thing that spurs spending and shows business confidence, it is airlines launching direct routes - and Cape Town is emerging as a significant regional and global destination with the most recent being Lufthansa's
new direct year-round flight from Frankfurt.
Tamur Goudarzi-Pour, Lufthansa vice president for sales in Africa and the Middle East, Says South Africa is a key market for the group.
"Cape Town has risen significantly in global rankings as a preferred destination for both leisure and business travellers and we plan to extend the service to five weekly flights in the European winter season of 2017/2018,” said Goudarzi-Pour.
“The overwhelming demand for a year-round route to the Mother City has presented a sound business case for expanding our service to this route."
This route, to be served three times a week in the first year of service, signifies the importa