Eritrean Airlines Launches Direct Flights to South Africa via Uganda
“State-of-the-art cabins, friendly staff and gourmet cuisine served in-flight makes travelling on Eritrean Airlines a pleasant experience” – AVIAREPS
By Ofentse Ratsie,
Eritrean Airlines launched its first flight at Cape Town (South Africa) today.
The flight landed from Asmara in Eritrea at 16h40 to a traditional water canon salute from Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town International Airport’s Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighter department.
Later the flight left to OR Tambo International Airport at 17h40. The new airline is set to offer direct and indirect flights between Cape Town and Asmara in Eritrea with four weekly regularly.
It will commerce weekly from Monday, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays with its departures to Asmara scheduled for the same days.
The company says the airline will be use Airbus 319 aircraft with a seating capacity of 148 passangers with eight seats in business class and 140 seats in the economy class.
“On Wednesdays and Sundays the flight will start at OR Tambo International and return flight direct to Asmara with a refuelling stopover in Entebbe”, said Deborah Francis, Acting Communications manager at Cape Town International Airport.
This is the third regional airline to join the Mother City’s International airport family after Air Namibia and TAAG Angola Airlines success. “On Mondays and Fridays, it will fly directly to Cape Town from Asmara with a refuelling stop-over in Entebbe Uganda and its departure leg travel via OR Tambo International Airport.
“This is good news for the airport and the region especially as we saw a 17,14% increase in our regional arrivals passenger numbers for the month of March and a 18.26% increase in the month of April compared to the same period in 2011”, added Francis.
DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM ERITREA TO SOUTH AFRICA IMPROVE TRADE RELATIONS
The South African government has welcomed the introduction of regular flights from Eritrea, saying this will further help strengthen economic, political, and social relations between the two countries.
Eritrean Airlines will now fly to Cape Town International Airport and OR Tambo Airport, four times a week. The first flight is scheduled for today.
“The South African government views this as part of advancing the African Agenda and sustainable development, which is a strategic objective of South Africa’s foreign policy for a progressive Africa and a better world,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said on Monday.
This new development, according to the department, is also in line with President Jacob Zuma’s infrastructure initiative, which aims to advance greater development, stability and integration in Africa.
“Currently, the South African mining infrastructure company, SENET, has established an office in Asmara and is involved with the government of Eritrea in the development of Eritrea’s mining infrastructure, notably in the production of gold and copper.”
Eritrea, a former Ethiopian province and Italian colony which gained independence in 1993, is still trying to rebuild itself, especially its infrastructure and the economy after years of internal strife and instability.
Eritrea GDP’s is showing signs of growth as it soared to an estimated 17% in 2011. It is also one of the few African states that are on track towards meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals in child mortality and water conservation.
ERITREAN AIRLINES SELECTS AVIAREPS AS REPRESENTATIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA
Launch of flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town in May facilitated by appointment of Sales & Marketing expert
Launch of flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town in May facilitated by appointment of Sales & Marketing expert AVIAREPS has been appointed as General Sales Agent for Eritrean Airlines in South Africa. The team in Johannesburg and Cape Town will ensure a smooth launch phase for Eritrean’s new flight offer to and from South Africa to the Eritrean capital Asmara and beyond.
AVIAREPS’ experienced sales and marketing professionals are responsible for the long-term positioning of Eritrea’s national carrier whilst promoting its services and network for passengers departing from both Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Starting from May 7th, Eritrean Airlines introduces two new routes. Cape Town International airport and OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg, will be connected to Asmara with four weekly flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The flights will be operated on an Airbus 319 aircraft with state-of-the-art cabins in both Business and Economy class with a comfortable seat pitch of 50 and 34 inches. Friendly staff and gourmet cuisine served in-flight, makes travelling on Eritrean Airlines a pleasant experience.
With Eritrea’s strategic location and new hub, Asmara, Eritrean Airlines, has all the necessary ingredients to serve as an effortless “Gateway to Africa”. The network of Eritrean Airlines is currently expanding to further destinations beyond Eritrea such as Jeddah, Karachi, Lahore, Khartoum, Dubai, Rome and Frankfurt.
For more information about Eritrean Airlines contact:
AVIAREPS South Africa 38 Wierda Road West, Wierda Valley
Sandton, Johannesburg – SOUTH AFRICA
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