Kenya Airways adds two more direct flights to Cape Town

2018-09-12 15:00
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The Cape Town Air Access (CTAA) team has confirmed two additional direct flights to Nairobi, operated by Kenya Airways, will launch on the 20th of November.

The additional two flights will result in five non-stop flights a week operated on a  Boeing 737-800 - the three direct flights between Cape Town and Nairobi were introduced in June this year.  

Added to this, the airline also operates indirect flights via Livingstone four times a week, and Victoria Falls, 3 times a week. 

Amongst Africa Air markets, Kenya ranks the 4th largest source market to the Western Cape, with statistics revealing significant double digit growth of 29.5% of visitors to the destination in 2017, when compared to 2016. 

Since its  inception in 2015, the CTAA team has assisted in the establishment of 13 new routes and expansion of 18 exiting routes. During this period, more than 750 000  inbound seats were added to its international network. 

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“In just three years the CTAA team has assisted four new African carriers commence operation to Cape Town, creating air access to eight new African destinations," says Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris. 

Cape Town Air Access is a partnership between the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town, Cape Town Tourism, South African Tourism, Airports Company South Africa and Wesgro.

"This is an exceptional achievement in a short period of time. We are pleased to  see the demand of visitors result in route expansion between the two destinations, making it easier for us to trade, invest and travel to our key neighbours on the African continent,” says Harris.

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The announcement of the route expansion comes as the team prepares to depart for the World Routes Conference in Guangzhou China, taking place from 15 to 18  September.

Scheduled to host 30 meetings with 25 airlines, the team led by Air Access Project Manager, Paul van den Brink, will look to facilitate new direct  routes and expand on existing flight frequency.  

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