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Old May 4th, 2019, 03:29 PM   #2041
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Might some people be underestimating the demand for business traffic? There is quite a lot of fintech in Cape Town - I can imagine that might be helpful in generating demand for the business class seats. Other startup activity could also help but I called out fintech specifically due to New York's status as a financial centre.

For this particular routing it's a shame that the initially selected Long Island site for Amazon's HQ2 got pulled (due to local opposition I think I read). If the rumours of Amazon ramping Cape Town staff to 10,000 are true and Amazon HQ2 had ended up in Long Island that would probably have had a huge effect on filling the business class cabin just on its own.

An example of a route where such a business connection can have a big effect is the amount of business class traffic that GSK generates on the London Heathrow to Raleigh Durham route, the only non-stop connection between those two places and each end having a big GSK presence. With Amazon not in the picture (due to its relative absence at the New York end) is there any other company with significant office functions in both Cape Town and New York that might make a worthwhile contribution to generating business traffic?

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UPDATE: Self-service and passenger experience central to Cape Town International's R7bn futuristic upgrade

Future upgrades at Cape Town International Airport will see a R7-billion investment, over five years, including a refurbished domestic terminal and expanded international terminal.

Servicing between 35k to 40k passengers a day as Africa's Best Airport in the 2019 Skytrax World Airports Awards - it has received this award for the fourth year running. Having exceeded the 10-million passengers a year mark and growing its international passengers by almost 10% in 2018, the airport needs the upgrade in order to maintain its phenomenal growth and deliver a quality passenger experience.

READ: Cape Town International sees 9.6% growth in international travellers as e-gate pilot widely anticipated

Cape Town International General Manager Deon Cloete, speaking to Traveller24 after recently attending the 2019 World Airports Expo in Heathrow, London says building around what your passenger wants has become crucial, as has the art of design for Airports of the Future.

Key industry trends have placed the focus firmly on the passenger, he says.

Highlighting New Istanbul Airport as an example of one the biggest developments in airport history - which literally took “barren land and quarries and turned it into a fantastic airport”, Cloete states communication throughout the development journey of Cape Town International will be vital.

“Keeping your passengers and staff all tuned in and aware of what's going to happen, together with situational awareness is important, as will be managing expectations during the construction phase.”

He sees the task of allowing passengers to transition, without battling to understand what the next process is, as paramount during the roll-out.

“Terminals need to be designed in an uncluttered manner, they must have clear line of site - so that passengers can easily find their way - even if it is their first visit to the airport or as a first-time traveller.
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Old May 18th, 2019, 07:42 AM   #2043
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Direct flight to connect Cape Town and St Helena



This December, Cape Town’s connection with one of the most remote islands in the world will be restored thanks to a new direct flight between the two destination.

For years one of the only ways to get to St Helena has been the RMS St Helena passenger liner, but when this service retired in 2018, the options to visit this beautiful island became nearly nonexistent.

From December 3 2019 to February 11 2020, an inclusive midweek flight will operate from Cape Town International Airport.

Locals and keen travellers can now book flights connecting the Mother City and St Helena, bookings are available till late February 2020.

This exciting offering is expected to boost Cape Town’s tourism considerably and offer more travellers the chance to see our beautiful city, as well as offer Cape residents the chance to experience the unique island in the Atlantic Ocean.

Coveted attractions on the island include Napoleon Bonaparte’s home, the chance to swim with giant whale sharks, hiking and mountain biking trails, and some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes and picturesque volcanic coastlines.

Tickets are available online via the Airlink website at www.flyairlink.com and through all IATA travel agents.

https://www.capetownetc.com/news/dir...and-st-helena/
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Old May 18th, 2019, 06:29 PM   #2044
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That's cool news, you guys know I've been expecting for years. Is Airlink going to continue their schedule to JNB via Walvis as per usual? I'm sure Saints are pleased to finally have a direct connection to their historic home-port.
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Old May 18th, 2019, 06:48 PM   #2045
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That's cool news, you guys know I've been expecting for years. Is Airlink going to continue their schedule to JNB via Walvis as per usual? I'm sure Saints are pleased to finally have a direct connection to their historic home-port.
Yes, the Cape Town flight is only a seasonal addition.
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Old May 18th, 2019, 07:12 PM   #2046
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And I thought it was announced in here months ago?
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Old May 20th, 2019, 11:00 AM   #2047
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https://www.flyairlink.com/news/114

Yes, it was announced a while ago. The seasonal 2nd weekly flight is temporary moving to CPT, reverting back to JNB in Feb. This is on Tuesdays. The normal Saturday flight continues to operate from JNB.

Believe it will also go via Walvis Bay...not nonstop
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Old May 20th, 2019, 11:18 AM   #2048
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A few (very blurry) maps of the realigned runway and some new details are contained in CTIA's land use rezoning application out for public comment now:





Rezoning application: http://resource.capetown.gov.za/docu...2070447496.pdf
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Old May 21st, 2019, 09:11 PM   #2049
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Great to see that this is moving forward.

I don't see the need for two parallel taxiways. The document did state that it was part of the masterplan but once they complete the feasibility I think they will drop one of them.
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Old May 31st, 2019, 02:51 PM   #2050
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https://www.moneyweb.co.za/news-fast...ft-sa-tourism/

"New direct air links to Brazil’s Paulo and an as-yet-unnamed Australian city were also on the radar, he added."

surely it could only be Perth?
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Old May 31st, 2019, 05:18 PM   #2051
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The Qantas CEO has mentioned Cape Town a number of times as one of their potential destinations as part of their Project sunrise 2022 project so thats not really much of a surprise. First time I've heard about Sao Paulo though. That would be cool. After Australia and South America we will have pretty much most of the major regions of the world covered.

Next on my wishlist for CT is the United and Cathay flights becoming permanent year round flights..
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Old May 31st, 2019, 05:23 PM   #2052
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And I thought it was announced in here months ago?
Yes I posted the press release from Saint Helena on the Aviation Thread long ago. As a suggestion, what about we keep route announcements and speculation to the Aviation Thread and actual capital/expansion/infrastructure projects on this (and the other airports if applicable) page?
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Old May 31st, 2019, 05:33 PM   #2053
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"New direct air links to Brazil’s Paulo and an as-yet-unnamed Australian city were also on the radar, he added."

surely it could only be Perth?
Maybe Melbourne?
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Distances

Wanted to see some interesting comparisons in this regard.

All these distances do not take ETOPS restrictions into consideration and are the shortest great-circle routes over the Southern Ocean

Only current route:
JNB-PER: 8 326 km
Possible Cape routes:
CPT-PER: 8 707 km
CPT-MEL: 10 327 km
CPT-SYD: 11 011 km

*for comparison, JNB-MEL is 10 338 km, so as you go further south, the great circle negates the advantage JNB has being further east.
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Wanted to see some interesting comparisons in this regard.

All these distances do not take ETOPS restrictions into consideration and are the shortest great-circle routes over the Southern Ocean

Only current route:
JNB-PER: 8 326 km
Possible Cape routes:
CPT-PER: 8 707 km
CPT-MEL: 10 327 km
CPT-SYD: 11 011 km

*for comparison, JNB-MEL is 10 338 km, so as you go further south, the great circle negates the advantage JNB has being further east.
Jnb also has Sydney still though right?
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Jnb also has Sydney still though right?
Oops. Forgot about QANTAS from JNB-SYD.
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Old June 1st, 2019, 12:26 PM   #2057
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Oops. Forgot about QANTAS from JNB-SYD.
And likely to go to B789 in the near future as the B744s will be out of the QF fleet by end of next year -- which may give one an answer to the ETOPS question.

Qantas would, in my opinion, be most likely to service Cape Town from either Sydney or Melbourne. Minimal ETOPS diversions (if needed at all), greatest domestic catchment and additionally can capture connecting traffic to and from NZ (which shouldn't be discounted: I'm hearing Afrikaans here in Wellington on almost a weekly basis, and keep on hearing from colleagues that "you South Africans are taking over!").
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Cape Town targets new air routes to lift South African tourism


Cape Town plans to add routes to Australia and South America after last month reaching a deal with United Airlines for its first direct flight to the United States, the head of air access for South Africa’s top tourist city said.

South Africa is promoting tourism as a catalyst to help kick-start its struggling economy and aims to attract five million extra travellers, including four million international tourists, by 2021. Travel and tourism contributed around 426 billion rand, just under 9% of GDP, to South Africa’s economy in 2018, making it the largest on the continent, the World Travel and Tourism Council says.

Most travellers to Africa’s most advanced economy land at the continent’s busiest airport in Johannesburg. They then have to take a two-hour flight to Cape Town, whose white beaches, Robben Island and Table Mountain rank among South Africa’s top tourist attractions.

“If you look at our top ten of unserved markets, the United States is the highest,” Paul van den Brink, project manager at private-public partnership Cape Town Air Access (CTAA) said. Since 2015 CTAA has helped launch 15 new routes, including the latest American one, while expanding 19 existing routes.

“The US route will mean future tourism and investment growth and means direct connectivity to one of the most important markets in the world,” Van den Brink told Reuters. New direct air links to Brazil’s Paulo and an as-yet-unnamed Australian city were also on the radar, he added. A study for CTAA by Grant Thornton consultancy found a direct flight from North America would add at least an extra 24,000 inbound passengers in its first year.

Tickets sales opened in April for the New York/Newark to Cape Town route and have been “in line” with expectations, a United Airlines spokesman said, without giving specific figures. United is expected to fly a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from New York/Newark to Cape Town from Dec. 15 to the end of March 2020, then for the entire new summer season.

If the route proves successful, it will look to operate it each year, said Van den Brink. “Our passenger numbers have jumped dramatically. We can safely say we have literally doubled the number of seats coming through the airport,” Deon Cloete, general manager at Cape Town international airport, said.

https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/a...rican-tourism/
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"Construction is expected to begin early in 2020 and will take five years to complete."

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FYI

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