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Old June 15th, 2019, 10:18 PM   #2061
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**Update on Newark/New York - Cape Town non-stop flight**



Cape Town Air Access partners today hosted an engagement with Western Cape businesses and key stakeholders in the economy, to provide a briefing on the new non-stop flight between Newark/New York and Cape Town.

Welcoming guests to the briefing, the Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Dan Plato, said: "We are excited for the launch of the US route with United Airlines starting in December and look forward to the expansion of our tourism industry through greater connectedness. We want to increase access that the rest of the world has to South Africa and Africa. Cape Town is perfectly placed to be the gateway to the rest of the continent."

This new non-stop flight between North America will commence on 15 December 2019, serviced by United Airlines on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The new route will depart Newark Liberty International at 8.30pm, arriving in Cape Town at 6pm, cutting travel time between the two destinations by 8 hours in total.

“Our new service between Cape Town and our New York/Newark hub will enable our business and leisure customers to choose a more convenient and seamless way to travel between South Africa and the U.S. and support business opportunities between the Western Cape’s technology sector and the U.S.,” said Bob Schumacher, United’s Regional Managing Director Sales.

Reflecting on this game-changing announcement, Minister David Maynier, MEC for Finance & Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape, praised the Cape Town Air Access partnership for its collaborative approach in landing this major route. “As a result of this new non-stop seasonal flight between North America and the Western Cape, it is estimated that there will be R154 million in direct tourism spending in the first year. Research shows that a year-long flight can help to create nearly 900 jobs, providing a R144 million Gross Value Add for the Western Cape economy."

Indeed, according to a research commissioned by Cape Town Air Access, an estimated 24 000 additional inbound travellers are expected from the US as a result of a direct route. This will help grow this market by a sizeable 20%.

Providing a behind the scenes look at the work done by the Cape Town Air Access team in landing the route, Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, noted that the investment and trade relations between the USA and the Western Cape assisted in motivating for the route. “The USA is the Western Cape’s third biggest export destination, accounting for over R9 billion. Other major investments in the Western Cape by US companies, including Amazon, have also resulted in increased business travel demand. This new non-stop flight will make it easier to do business in our region, and will boost exports through the belly of the aircraft. This will be a key focus for Wesgro in ensuring the route is sustainable.”

Prior to the establishment of the new route, New York was the largest unserved city for Cape Town and the Western Cape globally, with 56 000 passengers travelling via connecting flights. In total, some 218 000 passengers travelled between the two destinations. 23 500 of these passengers travelled in Business Class, representing a 19% increase between 2017 and 2018.

This new route will not only provide a major boost to the Western Cape economy, but will help grow tourism cross South Africa. Acting CEO of South African Tourism, a partner of Cape Town Air Access, Sthembiso Dlamini said: "The US Market has been identified by SA Tourism as one of seven key markets to drive tourism growth into South Africa. In terms of remaining on target for 5-in-5 for this region, we will require growth of 16% over the next two years and its air access partnerships like the United Airlines partnership that will allow us the opportunity to achieve this growth.”

To date, Cape Town Air Access has helped land 15 new routes, and 20 route expansions, resulting in over 1.5 million two-way seats being added into Cape Town. This growth means Cape Town International Airport will need to expand its infrastructure to accommodate the growth. Deon Cloete, General Manager of Cape Town International, Africa’s best airport, said: "We affirm the airport's commitment toward delivering an efficient and quality experience. We process nearly 11 million passengers per annum , handle up to 20 000 pieces of bags per day while the airline pumps as much as 2 million litres of fuel on peak days – so it is a complex operation. We remain committed to ensuring that we play our part in offering a quality experience to all airport users. We look forward to welcoming United Airlines later this year".

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Old July 4th, 2019, 08:18 AM   #2063
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Cathay Pacific re-launches popular non-stop seasonal flight from Cape Town

Cathay Pacific will re-introduce its seasonal non-stop flight between Cape Town and Hong Kong, starting in November 2019 and ending in February 2020.

This is following the positive response received from passengers in both cities last year.

According to Ashish Kapur, Cathay Pacific country manager for South Africa and Indian Ocean, last year's introduction of the Cape Town to Hong Kong service was well-received by business and leisure passengers alike.,” says Kapur. In his view, with the route re-opening in November, it will continue to help increase tourism and investment between the two cities.”

Kapur says that, with business travel to Cape Town constantly on the rise, the service fills the gap in the market for passengers travelling for business from Hong Kong and other parts of Asia. The early morning arrival time in Hong Kong is an added benefit for business travellers who can easily arrive on the day of a meeting and conference.

Cargo is an important business vertical of Cathay Pacific. With this new service, on the Airbus A350-900, there will be additional cargo space available. It will also expand opportunities for trade between Asia and South Africa as well as sustain key exports such as wine and seafood between the two regions.

“The Cape Town Air Access partnership is extremely excited by this announcement, and the boost it will provide for the Western Cape economy," said Wesgro CEO Tim Harris.

"The seasonal Hong Kong route has not only connected two popular cities, but it has also affected positive growth. Compared to the same period in 2017/18, the seasonal Hong Kong 2018/19 route saw a 10% increase in two-way passengers between the Western Cape and greater Asian market. This means increased business and tourism, and a positive benefit to our local economy" concluded Harris.

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Old July 8th, 2019, 10:14 PM   #2064
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Landing at CPT from PLZ by Comair:

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Old July 16th, 2019, 02:39 PM   #2065
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London To Cape Town Norwegian Flights: Advanced Talks Are Happening

Cape Town tourism organization Wesgro is has confirmed to Simple Flying that they are in “advanced” talks with Norwegian to introduce competition on the Cape Town – London route.

According to Inside Travel, on July 11th Tim Harris, Wesgro’s CEO, told delegates at the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) Conference that it is in talks with Norwegian Airlines about introducing a London Gatwick – Cape Town route in the near future.

In his speech at the SATSA conference, Harris had a discussion about how well-connected cities and regions will do well in the future, saying,

“It’s all driven by consumer choice, and consumers demand to fly point to point. Visitors want to get to Cape Town with one flight.”

Bradley Bouwer, a SATSA executive, also made similar remarks about the importance of air access. In his presentation, Bouwer presented statistics to SATSA delegates, explaining how total seat capacity between South African and international destinations on direct routes has grown by 2.8% since 2013.

Currently, the only direct year-round daily flight between London and Cape Town is with British Airways. This daily overnight flight is 12-hours and uses a Boeing 747-400. With a direct journey lasting 12 hours, it seems like travelers would most likely prefer to not make it any longer by including a stop along the way. As such, British Airways are able to charge a premium for this faster, less exhausting journey.

Thomas Cook also flies from London Gatwick to Cape Town three times a week (Monday, Friday, and Sunday) on a seasonal basis. At the moment this is scheduled to go from December 2019 to March 2020.

If talks turn into action then this would be one of Norwegian Air’s longest routes, and certainly its first to sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, the airline has a number of longer routes from London Gatwick. These include destinations on the US West Coast as well as an almost 14-hour flight to Buenos Aires.

Norwegian’s long-haul fleet is solely made up of its four to one year old Boeing 787 Dreamliners. This would be the aircraft flying the route between the Norwegian base in London Gatwick to the South African city.

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Old July 16th, 2019, 02:46 PM   #2066
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London To Cape Town Norwegian Flights: Advanced Talks Are Happening

Cape Town tourism organization Wesgro is has confirmed to Simple Flying that they are in “advanced” talks with Norwegian to introduce competition on the Cape Town – London route.

According to Inside Travel, on July 11th Tim Harris, Wesgro’s CEO, told delegates at the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) Conference that it is in talks with Norwegian Airlines about introducing a London Gatwick – Cape Town route in the near future.

In his speech at the SATSA conference, Harris had a discussion about how well-connected cities and regions will do well in the future, saying,

“It’s all driven by consumer choice, and consumers demand to fly point to point. Visitors want to get to Cape Town with one flight.”

Bradley Bouwer, a SATSA executive, also made similar remarks about the importance of air access. In his presentation, Bouwer presented statistics to SATSA delegates, explaining how total seat capacity between South African and international destinations on direct routes has grown by 2.8% since 2013.

Currently, the only direct year-round daily flight between London and Cape Town is with British Airways. This daily overnight flight is 12-hours and uses a Boeing 747-400. With a direct journey lasting 12 hours, it seems like travelers would most likely prefer to not make it any longer by including a stop along the way. As such, British Airways are able to charge a premium for this faster, less exhausting journey.

Thomas Cook also flies from London Gatwick to Cape Town three times a week (Monday, Friday, and Sunday) on a seasonal basis. At the moment this is scheduled to go from December 2019 to March 2020.

If talks turn into action then this would be one of Norwegian Air’s longest routes, and certainly its first to sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, the airline has a number of longer routes from London Gatwick. These include destinations on the US West Coast as well as an almost 14-hour flight to Buenos Aires.

Norwegian’s long-haul fleet is solely made up of its four to one year old Boeing 787 Dreamliners. This would be the aircraft flying the route between the Norwegian base in London Gatwick to the South African city.

https://simpleflying.com/norwegian-virgin-cape-town/
Both Thomas Cook and Norwegian are in severe financial trouble. I wouldn't place too much emphasis on either in the longer term.
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Old July 16th, 2019, 05:10 PM   #2067
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And weren't they also advanced with Virgin? Its not great for relationships with existing providers if you are seen to be trying bring everyone in on that route so publicly
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Old July 16th, 2019, 05:15 PM   #2068
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And weren't they also advanced with Virgin? Its not great for relationships with existing providers if you are seen to be trying bring everyone in on that route so publicly
Maybe that is the explicit strategy?! Both Norwegian and Virgin have shown interest, but both know that there is a first mover advantage. Going public forces one of them to announce sooner so that the other won't.

I'm not hopeful on Virgin since they were clearly slot sitting on the second JNB frequency. And United's entry to CPT will siphon off a bit of the Delta JV traffic that they have been hoping to pick up. Also, United might force Delta to think again about a non-stop to CPT which would weaken the case for Virgin (give that their entire business model is now focussed on the Delta JV).

I'm hopeful on Norwegian announcing, although I'm not hopeful of them being around a year from now.
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Old August 15th, 2019, 04:45 PM   #2071
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Kenya Airways adds two direct flights to non-stop Cape Town–Nairobi route

The Cape Town Air Access partnership on Thursday announced the addition from October 27 of two direct flights to the weekly Cape Town-Nairobi service, operated by Kenya Airways on a Boeing 737-800.

Kenya Airways joined the Cape Town route network in June 2016 with three flights between Cape Town and Nairobi. The latest additions will result in five non-stop flights a week.

Cape Town Air Access is an award-winning partnership between the Western Cape government, the city of Cape Town, Cape Town Tourism, the province's tourism, trade and investment agency Wesgro, South African Tourism and Airports Company South Africa, as well as private sector partners.

“We are extremely excited by this announcement which shows that the new routes the partnership is helping to secure are sustainable,” Wesgro CEO Tim Harris said in a statement.

The expansion adds to flights already operating via Livingstone in Zambia four times a week and Zimbabwe's resort town of Victoria Falls three times a week, bringing to 12 the number of weekly flights added to the Cape Town network since 2018.

Western Cape provincial minister for finance and economic opportunities David Maynier said direct connectivity had contributed to significant growth in travel between Kenya and the province.

"In 2018, 53 300 two-way passengers travelled between Kenya and Cape Town, a seven percent increase when compared to 2017," he said.

"During January - May 2019, 23 970 two-way passengers travelled between Kenya and Cape Town, showing a significant increase of 25 percent when compared to the same period in 2018."

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Old August 15th, 2019, 06:53 PM   #2072
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It reads very much the same as the similar announcement last year in September. And they are currently operating 5 weekly nonstop flights on the route...so is this not maybe going to daily...?

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Old August 16th, 2019, 09:15 AM   #2073
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Cape Town airport to receive multibillion-rand boost over next five years

Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) is set to receive an estimated R7.5-billion capital investment over the next five years.

By 2024, CTIA will boast a new, realigned runway, as well as revamped domestic and international terminals, says Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) corporate affairs senior manager Deidre Davids.

She says the upcoming expansion programme is linked directly to facilitating the current and future growth of the Western Cape’s main airport.

“It is important that the airport is able to meet growing passenger and cargo demand.

“The new runway and associated infrastructure will facilitate greater air access into Cape Town and the Western Cape and will enable growth of passenger and cargo traffic that is essential for tourism and economic activity.”

CTIA has seen strong growth over the last three years, with total passengers using the airport increasing from 8.4-million in the 2013/14 financial year to 9.7-million in 2015/16, and to 10.8-million in the 2018/19 financial year – a 29% increase.

International passengers making use of the airport have increased from 1.4-million in 2013/14 to 1.6-million in 2015/16, and to 2.4-million in the 2018/19 financial year – a 71% increase.

The growth in passenger numbers can be attributed to the Air Access initiative, notes Davids.

This initiative is aimed at retaining the current airline base and attracting new airlines.

“Since its inception, we have seen 15 new routes and 19 route expansions to and from CTIA.”

Cape Town is now linked directly to cities and countries such as Singapore, Switzerland, Vienna and Hong Kong.

Towards the end of the year, the city will have a direct flight to New York when United Airlines introduces its Cape Town route.

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That CPT-Harare route was definitely an untapped market before Rwandair entered it. I'm surprised it took so long. I would think that its the kind of route that would have appealed to Airlink, or even Fastjet Zim.
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Old August 22nd, 2019, 07:39 PM   #2076
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#Cape Town International Airport

If only someone could introduce a CPT LUSAKA (LUN) route - even 2 days a week would help a lot (Monday & Friday) such a schlep going via JNB. Wonder why Airlink hasn’t done it yet as they are flying twice a day from JNB.
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That CPT-Harare route was definitely an untapped market before Rwandair entered it. I'm surprised it took so long. I would think that its the kind of route that would have appealed to Airlink, or even Fastjet Zim.
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If only someone could introduce a CPT LUSAKA (LUN) route - even 2 days a week would help a lot (Monday & Friday) such a schlep going via JNB. Wonder why Airlink hasn’t done it yet as they are flying twice a day from JNB.
You assume that it's profitable for Rwandair. The same assumptions are make regarding CPT-NBO on KQ. Rwandair is a huge loss maker and requires some extraordinary subsidies. They have procured a bunch of new aircraft and have to fly them somewhere, but the notion that just because they expand capacity on a route means that it's successful is wishful. I suspect the reason that Airlink didn't enter the market was that they didn't see it as the best use of their aircraft, same for a Lusaka route.
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We always seem to lean on EvanB for insight in the economics and financials of the aviation market. Rather than constantly speculate about good routes as a layman, are there any routes that you believe are either underserved, or deserve direct service (if any)?
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We always seem to lean on EvanB for insight in the economics and financials of the aviation market. Rather than constantly speculate about good routes as a layman, are there any routes that you believe are either underserved, or deserve direct service (if any)?
There are many underserved. But many of these underserved routes may not be profitable, or may be particularly thin to the extent that they will have dramatically higher costs and require higher prices. If the market isn't willing and able to pay that price, then no matter how under served it is it isn't viable.

The secondary issues is cost base and operational and strategic nature of a particular airline. What might be viable for one, might not be for another.
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