Emirates yesterday announced that it will be expanding its operations in and out of South Africa, boosting its schedule to 28 weekly flights by October.
This is the airline’s largest weekly schedule to South Africa since the start of the pandemic, which aims to bring more competitive choices for customers wishing to visit Dubai, and through Dubai to the airline’s network of over 120 global destinations.
The ramp up of operations will see double daily flights to Johannesburg, including the introduction of Emirates’ Airbus A380 on one of the daily flights, in addition to daily services to both Cape Town and Durban. The new frequencies and capacity increases across all of the airline’s gateways in South Africa are effective starting October 31st, 2021.
Emirates’ flight schedule expansion comes in response to a surge in customer demand to Dubai as tourist visas have opened up for all nationalities, in addition to the easing of restrictions across some destinations that now allow quarantine-free entry for South Africans.
Emirates is also firmly committed to supporting the recovery of South Africa’s tourism industry through facilitating enhanced connectivity for international visitors into the country.
Dubai has long been one of the most popular holiday getaways for South African travellers, and remains among the world’s most visited and recommended destinations, with world-class experiences and new attractions that cater to every age, background and budget.
The city safely welcomed over 4 million overnight leisure and business visitors since it reopened in July 2020. With Expo 2020 Dubai just around the corner, the city is also preparing to welcome visitors for the world’s largest gathering which includes next-generation themed pavilions, futuristic installations and a packed programme of daily events.
With South African Airways (SAA) resuming operations on 23rd September, Emirates is set to revive its strategic partnership and cooperation with the country’s flag carrier. The Emirates SAA partnership dates back to 1997, and is Emirates’ first ever codeshare agreement with another carrier. Prior to the pandemic, the partnership developed to include a complementary joint network of 110 destinations, optimised schedules offering greater connectivity for customers, as well as baggage transfers and enhanced reciprocal frequent flyer benefits.