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Old January 10th, 2018, 01:33 PM   #1881
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Good news for my sister based in Vienna
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Some news on CX services to CPT

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Cathay Pacific‚ which is based in Hong Kong‚ is poised to announce the flights as it fights back against cut-throat competition from mainland Chinese carriers‚ the South China Morning Post reported on Saturday.

It said a year-round service would launch later this year‚ providing Cape Town with its first non-stop flights to Asia in more than six years.


https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/sou...ter-this-year/
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Old January 20th, 2018, 03:41 PM   #1883
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Glad that its going to be year-round flights as opposed to seasonal. Hoping for daily (although I doubt it).
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Old January 20th, 2018, 08:53 PM   #1884
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Glad that its going to be year-round flights as opposed to seasonal. Hoping for daily (although I doubt it).

http://m.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/2129759/cathay-pacific-set-announce-direct-flights-cape-town


Possibly starting off with 3-4 weekly
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Old January 31st, 2018, 06:58 PM   #1885
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Some good news:

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Kenya Airways from June 2018 is expanding service to Cape Town, with first nonstop Nairobi – Cape Town flight scheduled on 06JUN18. Boeing 737-800 aircraft will operate this nonstop sector 3 times a week.

KQ784 NBO1535 – 2020CPT 738 357
KQ785 CPT2215 – 0500+1NBO 738 357

The airline will continue to operate 4 weekly 1-stop service via Livingston, 3 weekly 1-stop service via Victoria Falls.
https://www.routesonline.com/news/38...rom-june-2018/
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Old February 1st, 2018, 12:06 PM   #1886
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Cape Town's new runway approved

Cape Town International Airport's long awaited runway realignment project has been given the final green-light approval from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)

The construction of the airport’s new realigned runway project marks a R3.8 billion investment into the economy of Cape Town and the Western Cape. The DEA concluded the appeals process and has now ruled that the runway project may proceed.
  • The airport will realign the primary runway and construct parallel and rapid exit taxiways.
  • The realigned primary runway will be 3 500m in length and will be built to international specifications.
  • Improve access for larger aircraft with a wingspan of 65m or more, such as the Airbus A-380.
  • It is expected to get underway in 2019.

The news bodes well for the Cape Town Air Access project, which to date has assisted in landing 12 new routes to the city's airport. The increased seat capacity is estimated at over 700 000. 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

http://www.traveller24.com/News/Flig...roved-20180201
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Old February 2nd, 2018, 05:10 PM   #1887
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Very interesting analysis of CPT here http://www.anna.aero/2018/02/02/cape...mestic-demand/

Shows growth trends and seats per route and airline
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Old February 11th, 2018, 11:32 AM   #1888
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RwandAir has loaded into Amadeus GDS, the timetables of their new service, Kigali-Cape Town via Harare, planned to start from 16 May 2018, 4 times a week.

RwandAir has trafic rights between Cape Town & Harare

https://www.amadeus.net/tools/timetables

Good connections to East Africa, Mumbai, Dubai and their future route to Guangzou that will be operated via Mumbai. But long layovers, if you fly to or from West & Central (you have to spend a night at Kigali in both way), and from Cape Town to Londor or Brussels (you have to spend a night at Kigali, if you fly from Cape Town to Europe, but not from Europe to Cape Town)

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Old February 11th, 2018, 02:10 PM   #1889
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RwandAir has loaded into Amadeus GDS, the timetables of their new service, Kigali-Cape Town via Harare, planned to start from 16 May 2018, 4 times a week.

RwandAir has trafic rights between Cape Town & Harare

https://www.amadeus.net/tools/timetables

Good connections to East Africa, Mumbai, Dubai and their future route to Guangzou that will be operated via Mumbai. But long layovers, if you fly to or from West & Central (you have to spend a night at Kigali in both way), and from Cape Town to Londor or Brussels (you have to spend a night at Kigali, if you fly from Cape Town to Europe, but not from Europe to Cape Town)
Screw the connections, the non-stop service to Harare will be a winner, and direct service to Kigali an added bonus.
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Old February 11th, 2018, 02:10 PM   #1890
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http://www.wesgro.co.za/news?NewsID=-kOfERwmXm

Some more expansion and capacity increases, interesting times ahead for CPT
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Old February 12th, 2018, 01:48 PM   #1891
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Non-stop to Harare has definitely been an untapped market. JNB has 8 flights a day to Haare whereas CPT has (had) zero. Considering the number of zimbos here in CPT it seems bizarre that this route hasn't started yet. Hopefully it will be well priced and do well.
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Old February 13th, 2018, 08:36 PM   #1892
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It looks like these flights will initially be be operated with Rwandair's CRJ900 aircraft. I think they'll be surprised by the uptake on HRE-CPT sector, and won't be surprised if upgauging at some stage.
There's a few connections onwards from KGL that it can reach, however not much that's much an advantage over KQ or ET operations. The outbound doesn't connect to its Brussels (BRU) service, the inbound however has a good connection and actually looks like one of the fastest between BRU and CPT .

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Airlink started using their new slightly larger E190 aircraft on MQP-CPT and CPT-GRJ yesterday...looks like it will at least operate for the next 2 months twice weekly on both routes.
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Old February 14th, 2018, 10:16 AM   #1893
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It looks like these flights will initially be be operated with Rwandair's CRJ900 aircraft. I think they'll be surprised by the uptake on HRE-CPT sector, and won't be surprised if upgauging at some stage.
Sometimes, they send the CRJ-900NG to Johannanesburg also. But at least 2 B737s (mainly B737-700) are "based" at Cotonou, plus one which flies to Mumbai and sometimes to Dubai, it's probably hard to find slots.

CRJ-900NGs, fly mainly to Tanzania, Uganda & Kenya and probably spend lots of time at Kigali, on the apron, between two flights

But like you say, if they see the trafic to grow quickly, they will add more capacity and if the route to Chine starts from June 2018, Mumbai flights will be operated by an A330. It means, that one B737-800 will be "available". There are rumors, that they could add ex former Air Berlin A330NEO

If i remember, Kenya Airways has started to serve CPT via VIC, with an ERJ-190.

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Screw the connections, the non-stop service to Harare will be a winner, and direct service to Kigali an added bonus.
In deed, when i see the reactions, from Zimbabwe & South Africa, many are focused on the Harare-Cape Town route.
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Old February 17th, 2018, 01:37 PM   #1894
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I landed at CTIA yesterday and as I was walking out I looked up at the international departures board and noticed a flight to Antarctica...???

I know there have been charters before but if its a charter why would it be on the departure board?
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Old February 17th, 2018, 05:26 PM   #1895
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Yes, it's the IceDesert vacations flight to Queen Maud Land. As far as I know, Cape Town is the only city in the world that has direct commercialised flights to Antarctica.
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Old February 18th, 2018, 08:12 PM   #1896
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Find out more here http://www.white-desert.com/
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Old February 22nd, 2018, 11:59 AM   #1897
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What is this about a direct Cathay Pacific flight between Cape Town and Hong Kong from November 2018?
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Old February 22nd, 2018, 12:16 PM   #1898
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https://news.cathaypacific.com/catha...from-november#

Official announcement...bit dissappointed though...only seasonal, and only 3 months!
3 weekly A350-900 from 13 November to 18 February
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Old February 22nd, 2018, 02:57 PM   #1899
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https://news.cathaypacific.com/catha...from-november#

Official announcement...bit dissappointed though...only seasonal, and only 3 months!
3 weekly A350-900 from 13 November to 18 February
Not disappointed at all. Many new Cape Town routes have started as seasonal services. It's easy for airlines to do this is they have year round services to Johannesburg with codeshare connections. That said, I think it'll be year round sooner rather than later.

Also, this is a huge win for Cape Town. First non-stop service to Asia!
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Old February 22nd, 2018, 03:42 PM   #1900
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Little birdy tells me that Kigali and Hong Kong will be announced as direct routes to Cape Town next year ;-)

That Hong Kong route is key for the asian market!
It looks like I should get that little birdy to come chat to me more often ;-)
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