Cape Town – Eswatini Air, the newly launched flag carrier of Eswatini, has expanded its destinations to include Cape Town in South Africa.
The airline, which aims to position itself as a niche carrier connecting Eswatini globally, operates two Embraer ERJ145 aircraft with 50 seats each.
It currently serves Johannesburg, Durban, Harare, and Cape Town.
Flights from Eswatini to Cape Town start at R2 024 ($140).
The inaugural flight to Cape Town was welcomed with a water salute, and officials expressed hope that the direct air link would boost tourism between the two destinations.
“We have no doubt that this is a necessary route, especially because our two places have unique characteristics.
“Cape Town has been recognised as [having] one of the seven wonders [of the world], and us back at the Kingdom of Eswatini, we are well known [for our] culture. So, putting these two together, you will come up with a very beautiful product,” News24 quoted the airline’s board chairperson, Mndeni Mazibuko as saying during a media briefing at Cape Town International Airport.
The route will initially offer three flights per week on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, with a carefully planned schedule to cater to both leisure and business travellers, IOL reported.
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Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) said that this new route reflects Eswatini Air’s commitment to expanding its network and offering convenient travel options to its passengers.
“ACSA is very pleased with Eswatini Air’s decision to launch this route, which responds to the growing demand for travel between Eswatini and Cape Town,” the report quoted ACSA regional general manager, Mark Maclean as saying.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu