Exponential growth of Africa’s aviation industry is leading to new travel routes to meet demand

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The aviation industry in Africa has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past year. Airlines have been introducing new routes, reintroducing former routes and increasing their capacity to meet rising demand.

The continent continues to become more connected to the rest of the world. There is one enterprise in particular that is receiving praise for their work in endorsing air access and expanding their city’s air routes.

Cape Town Air Access New Routes

Cape Town Air Access has created more options for cheap flights to Cape Town with 13 new routes and 17 expanded routes. The number of travelers making their way to Cape Town has doubled as a result. It was announced as the winner of the Routes Africa 2018 Marketing Awards. Abidjan International Airport in Côte d’Ivoire also saw immense growth in the last year and secured the category for 4 million or less passengers.

New routes and other affordable flights to Cape Town include RwandAir’s extension of its Kigali-Harare route. New flights from Paris were also initiated through Joon airline. In addition to these, direct flights to Nairobi through Kenya Airlines started earlier this year.

Singapore Airlines began their flights to Cape Town via Johannesburg in March, with planes that have a capacity of 253 passengers. Cape Town Air Access played an essential part in creating direct flights between Hong Kong and Cape Town with Cathay Pacific. These flights will begin in November.

Johannesburg has added a second daily service to London with Virgin Atlantic, starting in October. Ethiopian Airlines has started routes between Kisangani and Mbuji-Mayi, both located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian Airlines has started flying to Eritrea once again; it has been 20 years since the route was first stopped. Conflict between the two nations caused the route to be suspended. A peace agreement was made between Eritrea’s president, Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The airline also started a route from Addis Ababa to Barcelona, with a stopover in Madrid. They also have a new route to Geneva, Switzerland with a stopover in Milan, Italy.

Alitalia restarted its Johannesburg to Rome route, which was cut 17 years ago. It is currently the only direct service flight between South Africa and Italy. Proflight Zambia declared a new route between Lusaka, Zambia and Harare, Zimbabwe.

A direct flight route between Moscow and Cairo has been restored; it was initially suspended following the bombing of a Russian plane in 2015. Turkish Airlines has continued to expand its large network with flights to Freetown, Sierra Leone from Istanbul.

The United Arab Emirates began a route from Dubai to Santiago, Chile with a stopover in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Qatar Airways began flights between Doha and London. Services will be increased to 16 flights per week in order to meet demand.

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