The Cape Town Air Access initiative welcomes the announcement by Edelweiss Air that it will add an additional weekly flight between Zurich and Cape Town from October this year.
This will increase the number of direct seasonal flights between the two cities from three to four a week.
“The additional flight reflects positively on the popularity of Cape Town and the Western Cape for European travellers. Following the additional flight added in 2017, the Airline is now going to expand again in 2018. This shows that there is confidence in our destination,” commented Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris.
A 7% growth in passengers between Switzerland and Cape Town (both ways) has been recorded between January and March 2018 compared to that of 2017.
Acknowledging the importance of direct air access to the city and province, Harris added: “Making it easier for more people to visit the Cape by air, provides a big boost towards growing tourism and encouraging investment – which ultimately boosts our economy and more importantly, facilitates job creation.”
Since its inception, the Cape Town Air Access initiative has helped land 13 direct routes and 15 route expansions. This is estimated to have added R4.2 billion to the provincial economy in direct tourism spending.
Cape Town Air Access is a partnership between Wesgro, the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government, Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town Tourism and South African Tourism.
The Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille said: “This is excellent news and demonstrates the great appetite amongst European travellers to visit Cape Town. What excites me most about enhancing air access and growing the number of direct flights between Cape Town and other cities is that apart from the great tourism travel benefits, these direct flights also makes it easy for businesses and investors to connect to our region. By improving air connectivity, we are making it easier to do business in Cape Town in line with our goals to grow the economy and create more jobs. I want to thank Edelweiss Air for their confidence in our city and wish them continues success with this route.”
Minister Alan Winde said: “The inclusion of an additional weekly flight between Zurich and Cape Town is a reflection of the positive sentiment of the airline towards the city and our province. We welcome this addition, which will help to grow tourism and create important jobs in this sector in line with our Porject Khulisa plans.”
Ed: I read recently that a local politician has suggested that Cape Town International Airport be renamed to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Airport. Is this fake news?