Typesetter | Mar 23, 2017 | 0
Fly local to Durban
Holiday makers can now fly Air Namibia to the sea side resorts of Kwazulu-Natal via Durban’s King Shaka International Airport as part of the national carriers five year Route Network and Schedule Development Plan.
The first direct flight to Durban started last week. Air Namibia is the latest airline to fly directly to the Durban’s King Shaka International Airport which is continuously surpassing expectations in adding on more airlines to its runway carpet .
The airline will be flying to the city four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, using the Embraer ERJ 135 Regional Jets. The small jet has a carrying capacity of 37 passengers, allowing for Durban passengers to travel directly to Gaborone and Windhoek.
Dube Tradeport Corporation chief executive Hamish Erskine said, “KwaZulu-Natal has embarked on an integrated route development strategy which focuses on a joint international and regional air connectivity strategy.
“The regional strategy seeks to connect the airport with SADC (Southern African Development Community) countries and the wider African continent.
“To date, the airport is successfully supporting additional regional routes, such as Air Mauritius, SA Express flying to Harare, Proflight Zambia to Lusaka, SA Air link flying to Maputo, Ethiopian Airlines flying to Addis Ababa and now Air Namibia,” he added.
Sihle Zikalala, the MEC for Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs, said since its opening in May 2010, King Shaka airport “has surpassed projections and experienced growth of 14% t from August 2015-16, as well as an impressive 17% growth in cargo over the same period.