The carrier already flies to Cape Town (CPT), Durban (DUR) and Johannesburg (JNB) from its base in Dubai (DXB), but said growing demand has led it to expand capacity to South Africa.
The increase in flights “is part of the airline’s continued commitment to supporting South Africa’s economic and tourism recovery through improved connectivity across all of its gateways,” Emirates said in a statement. “The airline’s latest decision also reaffirms the strategic importance of South Africa [to Emirates’] network as it prioritizes expanding services and rebuilding its capacity to unlock additional growth potential. »
Earlier this year, Emirates and the South African Tourist Board signed a memorandum of understanding “to jointly promote tourism” in South Africa, which seeks to tap into the potential flow of passengers from Emirates’ extensive global network.
Emirates will add two additional weekly flights on the DXB-DUR route from December 1, increasing the service from 5 times per week to daily. The airline will add a second daily flight on the DXB-CPT route from February 1, 2023, bringing its service to Cape Town back to 2019 levels.
Emirates will launch a third daily flight on the DXB-JNB route from March 1, 2023, using a Boeing 777. It currently operates the route 2X daily with Airbus A380 aircraft. “Third daily flight from Johannesburg will help meet high demand with over 300 flights available [added] seats each way, and will provide additional flexibility for South African travelers with a new evening departure for easier connectivity to Europe, the Americas, West Asia and the Far East via Dubai,” said the airline company.
Emirates noted that the additional flights “will collectively provide greater cargo hold capacity to further increase import and export opportunities for local businesses, helping to transport vital exports including seafood, fruit and vegetables. , fresh and frozen meats, wine, pharmaceuticals and gold — between the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and beyond.
The airline will operate 42 weekly flights to South Africa when the new frequencies are added.