Travellers planning holidays to South Africa will have more choice when it comes to getting to their destination after plans have been announced for a new direct flight between Munich and Cape Town.
The route, operated by Lufthansa will offset the loss of the London to Cape Town route, run by South African Airways (SAA) up until the 15th August.
Cape tourism, finance and economic development MEC Alan Winde explained that the plan is to operate the route for one season and then assess its success.
“The contract would be for one tourist season and we would have to prove to them (Lufthansa) that the route is viable,” he said.
Cape Town has been growing in popularity among European travellers for a number of years; however, airlines have been hit by the recession.
In addition to the fantastic scenery, promise of winter sun, and iconic wildlife, South Africa is a popular destination because the relatively small time difference eliminates the problem of jet-lag.
The cancellation of the London-Cape Town route was due to a change in strategy by SSA, which now plans to adopt a ‘hub and spoke’ approach – routing all international flights through OR Tambo International Airport.
Additional flights will be supplied by another German airline, Condor, which will begin operating a direct route between Frankfurt and Cape Town from 3rd November.