Monday, August 28, 2023

New direct flights to South Africa in pipelines

Direct flights between South Africa and other BRICS nations are set to be launched in the near future. This is good news for South Africans wanting to travel to destinations in India, Brazil, Russia, or China.

South Africa has a diverse population made up of communities of different ethnicities and heritages. There is a need for many people in South Africa to travel to other countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

The BRICS Summit held in Johannesburg last week resulted in some exciting developments that aim to expand the influence of the bloc.

Invitations were extended to six countries that are eligible to join the bloc in January 2024.

While there are currently no direct flights between SA and any BRICS member states, the topic of enhanced air connectivity was discussed and agreed to at last week’s BRICS Summit.

As such, current BRICS members have committed to expanding aviation interests between member states in order to strengthen ties and boost economic development.

“This conference was a turning point in advancing the aviation industry’s function as a driver of economic growth and regional integration, with a focus on forging cooperation among the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa,” said CEO of Airports Company South Africa, Mpumi Mpofu, Chair of the Aviation Working Group per Tourism Update. 

SAA had operated flights to Mumbai for 19 years, before the route was dropped in April 2015.

Privately owned Indian carrier Jet Airways also operated flights on the route. However, Jet Airways suspended its flights in June 2012.

To date, there are still no direct flights between South Africa and India.

28/08/2023 Lorne Philpot/South African

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