South African Tourism welcomes new domestic airline competition

2015-02-18 15:15
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Cape Town - South African Tourism says it is looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship that will help grow tourism in South Africa with the introduction of the country's newest low cost domestic airline Skywise, due to start flying on 5  March.

Thulani Nzima, Chief Executive Officer, South African Tourism said in a press release, “We wish Skywise every success, and we look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship that will help grow tourism in South Africa.”

Skywise will only operate with two daily flights between Cape Town International and Johannesburg's OR Tambo International at first, but the airline promises that expansions are to due to follow within the first three months of operation, adding routes to Durban to their schedule.

Mr Johan Borstlap, Chief Executive Officer, Skywise Airline says: “It has been a long while since Skywise announced its intention to take to the skies, and the time is finally here.

"Our launch service will provide our customers flying from either Cape Town or Johannesburg much more convenience in terms of choice of airline, cost and most importantly, memorable service.”

On 11 February 2015, Skywise Airline, together with the Thembekile Mandela Foundation, launched the flight route between Johannesburg and Cape Town, by flying 95 matriculants from Khamane High School to Cape Town in order to recognise the learners’ achievements.

The day was chosen in remembrance of the release from prison of former President Nelson Mandela and to honour Madiba's unfailing commitment to developing all South Africans through education, the airline said.

South African Tourism Chief Executive Officer, Thulani Nzima said, “Low cost carriers have a positive impact on tourism demand. The introduction of another low-cost airline comes at an opportune time for us at South African Tourism as our Sho’t Left campaign is starting to gain traction.”

“Our research is showing us that our traveling population is taking more trips and spending more money on their holiday breaks. This is good for the tourism industry and our economy as a whole.

“The National Tourism Sector Strategy has identified Domestic Tourism as a critical priority in sustaining the South African tourism industry and improving job creation.

" Through efforts such as our Sho’t Left campaign, travellers are starting to see the potential fun in taking shorter trips more frequently, thus the increased spend. The introduction of players like Skywise will make it easier for them to do so,” said Nzima.

Skywise will operate Boeing 737 aircraft in its fleet, to service the launch routes, being Jnb- Cpt-Jnb, commencing on 5 March 2015.  

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