Air Belgium plans to operate seasonal flights to SA

Cape Town Air Access has welcomed Air Belgium’s plans to launch flights to Cape Town in September. The leisure-focused Belgian airline is expanding its fleet to allow the launch of new routes to South Africa, with Johannesburg and Cape Town being the carrier’s only continental flights in Africa.

In 2019, two-way international passenger volumes on the BEL-CPT route exceeded 35,000 passengers, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10% each year between 2015 and 2019. A total of 863 metric tonnes of air freight was transported on the BEL-CPT route, which represents a recovery rate of 52% compared to 2019.

In terms of exports, Belgium is the Western Cape’s 7th largest European export market, with R2.61 billion worth of goods exported in 2021 (up 81.5% from 2020), while Brussels has always been the second largest unserved market in Cape Town and the largest unserved European market. market based on international passenger volumes in both directions.

Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities Minister David Maynier said: “I welcome Air Belgium’s announcement to launch a triangular route between Brussels, Johannesburg and Cape Town as another signal of recovery for the sector. tourism and hospitality industry in the Western Cape. Air Brussels is focusing on leisure travel and showing that there is a marked increase in demand for flights to Cape Town and the Western Cape, which is good for our economy and job creation in the Western Cape.

“I would like to commend the Cape Air Access team from the Western Cape Government’s official destination marketing organization, Wesgro, who continue to proactively and successfully engage with key tourist markets, taking advantage of the pent-up demand from travellers, to increase connections to the West. Cap.”

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Alderman James Vos, member of the Mayor’s Committee for Economic Growth in Cape Town, said: “This is great news for Cape Town! The additional capacity provided between Belgium and Cape Town will offer superb growth potential. growth in business and leisure travel between these destinations for international and local visitors.

“I am keenly aware of the benefits to the local economy of being able to bring more passengers and flights to Cape Town. It is because of this significant impact that I have motivated for more funding for our air access initiative. The more we expand our reach, the more Cape Town and South Africa can reap the economic benefits of tourism.”

“Air Belgium’s plan to schedule two flights to Cape Town in September adds another ray of hope to our tourism industry which supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and contributes enormously to the economy of the Western Cape.

“Lately Cape Town and the Western Cape have seen a significant increase in local and international flights and we hope there will continue to be an upward trajectory for travel to Cape Town and the Western Cape,” concludes Wrenelle Stander, CEO of Westgro. and official spokesperson for Air Access.

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