“We are very pleased with the Council’s decision as it allows us to accelerate the implementation of our strategy to offer increased, much-needed regional services to achieve commercial sustainability. To this end, we plan to launch these new routes as soon as possible as they are high yield markets."
But while these routes are seen as high-earning regional destinations servicing largely business travellers, it has been deemed a monopoly.
SA Airlink had lodged it application on the Zimbabwe and Botswana routes, with 7 return flights a week also lodged for four Mozambique routes to Pembe, Beira, Tete and Vilankulo. Traveller24 has contacted the airline to confirm which routes had been granted - and is awaiting a response.
With the added competition on the routes, it will be interesting to see how the airlines plan to woe travellers whether on price, ancillary services or value-adds - but either way it is clear that load on both ends will be crucial to make it profitable.
New Namibian carrier adds connectivity to Cape Town
Upping the ante when it comes to connectivity to Namibia is the our north-westerly neighbour's newest carrier, FlyWestair. The new player in this airspace launched in June 2019, and has confirmed it will start operating between Eros Airport in Windhoek to Cape Town, South Africa.