Cape Town - Joon is set to fly from Paris to Cape Town three times a week from 1 April 2018.
Cape Town Air Access confirmed Air France's subsidiary airline Joon, designed to meet the expectations of younger travellers in particular, will be flying direct flight from Paris to Cape Town next year.
It says the new service will replace the current Air France service offering, and will fly from Paris to Cape Town three times a week, as of 1st April 2018.
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Cape Town International Airport has seen strong inbound growth as international arrivals were up by 20.4%, and international departures were up by 22.5%, according to Airports Company South Africa's Quarter 3 Aviation Barometer for the period between July to September 2017. Wesgrow also confirmed there has been a notable increase in arrivals from France over the last few years. Between 2016 and 2017, arrivals increased by 35%, from 55 029 to 74 278.
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The top ranking source cities for arrivals from France are Paris, Nice, Lyon and Marseille, all of which have had double-digit growth between 2016 and 2017.
Cape Town Air Access - the direct routes partnership, based at Wesgro, between the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town, Airports Company of South Africa, Cape Town Tourism and now also South African Tourism forging, is largely accredited for this spike.
Since its launch in 2015, the project has landed ten new routes and 11 route expansions, adding over 650 000 seats and thereby helping Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) reach the 10 million passengers mark for the first time in 2016 - with 2017 alone seeing an increase of 400 000 new two way international airline seats to the city.
'Joon adds business confidence to the region'
Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris says, “This is not only good for our tourism industry, but also for business. Indeed, according to South African Tourism, 41% of travellers from France to Cape Town visit for leisure, and another 39% for business. This is precisely why Cape Town Air Access is so important for economic growth and job creation in the Cape. By making it easier for more people to visit our beautiful city and province, we will increase tourism, trade and investment, and most importantly, boost job creation.”
But the hard work is not over, with Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille saying, "We look forward to welcoming more tourists from France but also seeing more businesses and investors connect with us with much more ease thanks to these flights. Cape Town is the ideal city to live, work, play and invest in. Our Air Access team with Wesgro and the Western Cape Government will continue working harder to ensure that we expand on our direct flight offering even more to connect Cape Town to many other cities around the globe.”
The Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde says, "This is excellent news for our tourism sector. Improving air access is a key priority of our Project Khulisa Growth Strategy, and we've seen the positive impact of increased air routes. International air arrivals have grown by 27% year-on-year. I would like to commend the Cape Town Air Access team for this achievement and I would like to thank Joon for their business confidence in our region."
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