Mon. Jul 15th, 2019

Non-stop flight between Cape Town and USA a “game changer”

Cape Town USA airline routeThe route will link Cape Town and the Western Cape to the North American market. It will boost tourism and attract even more foreign direct investments.

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The United Airlines announced that they intend to launch a new non-stop route between the US and Cape Town, from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, New York.

The route was approved by the U.S Department of Transportation and will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The planes will have 48 seats in business class, 88 seats in Economy Plus class, and 116 seats in Economy.

Linking Cape Town to the States

Once implemented, this will link Cape Town and the Western Cape to the North American market. It will boost tourism and attract even more foreign direct investments into the Western Cape.

The Newark International Airport in New Jersey is the 6th busiest airport in the States and will provide South Africans travelling from South Africa with quick access to New York, and it’s commercial and cultural centres.

Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president of International Network, said they are always looking at ways to expand their industry-leading international route network, and added:

“We’re thrilled to announce the addition of Africa to our global route offering. This new flight will provide customers with the only nonstop service between the United States and Cape Town.”

Boost to foreign investment and tourism

Tim Harris, Wesgro CEO, said in the press release that this is a game-changer, as “North America was one of the largest unserved markets for Cape Town and the Western Cape, with the USA, ranked as the 3rd largest market for inbound passengers to Cape Town International Airport in 2017.”

According to Wesgro, a direct flight to North America would “add an estimated 24 000 passengers, which was 20% of the 2018 market.” That translates into an estimated R283 million in direct tourism to the Cape economy in the first year.

At that rate, it could increase to R425m by 2021. It would also mean nearly 900 new jobs in the province during the route’s first year of operation, as well as increase direct and indirect imports to the region.

“Between January 2003 and February 2017 a total of 76 Foreign Direct Investment projects were recorded from the United States to the Western Cape amounting to a total capital investment of USD1.9bn. During this period, a total of 7,510 jobs were created.”

Consistent growth in a key market

The Acting CEO of South African Tourism, Sthembiso Dlamini, said that arrivals from the United States to South Africa “have shown consistent growth year-on-year, solidifying its position as a key market, not only for the Western Cape but for South Africa as a whole.”

According to Dlamini, 2018 saw close to 450 000 arrivals from North America. He explained:

“Adding a direct connection to Cape Town will improve connectivity to the region and allow visitors to experience South Africa from a new viewpoint. With North America identified by SA Tourism for enhanced focus for the coming year, the United Airlines direct route from New York to Cape Town is great news.”

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