South Africa’s First Female-Owned Airline Set To Go International


SA’s newest domestic airline, Fly Blue Crane, has received approval from South African and Namibian authorities to launch services between Cape Town and Windhoek in May this year.
The airline typically only offers flights to micro-cities within SA’s borders, but will now make their international debut with flights to the neighbouring country of Namibia.

The inaugural return flights between the Cape Town and Windhoek will take to the skies on 13 and 15 May this year. Exact flight schedules on the route will be released soon, the airline says.

Current fares start at around R1 500 per one way flight, but exact prices are to be announced.

Theunis Potgieter for Fly Blue Crane says the addition of the new Namibian route was in line with the airline’s regional ambitions that were articulated at the time of its launch last year, with more Southern African destinations to be considered as the airline grows.

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“The time is right for us to introduce this route in the light of the growing tourism and business ties between the two countries, as well as the fact that many people travelling to the region want to combine South Africa and Namibia,” he says.

He says the aim of the airlines is to make air travel an altogether better, convenient and more rewarding experience in the entire Southern Africa sub-region.

Over the weekend, another South African airline offering services between Cape Town and Windhoek was grounded due to ‘serious safety’ concerns. SA Express scrambled to accommodate booked passengers on other airlines while the service was suspended. On Sunday afternoon, however, the airlines was allowed to operate again.

Fly Blue Crane launched its inaugural flights from OR Tambo International Airport on September 1 last year. The airlines offers cargo services on all its flights to Kimberley and Bloemfontein, as well as between Kimberley and Cape Town, and between Bloemfontein and Cape Town.

In December last year, Fly Blue Crane cancelled their Johannesburg – Nelspruit route, and made adjustments to its flights schedules for Kimberley to Cape Town.

The airline operates modern and fuel-efficient 50-seater Embraer Regional Jet 145 (ERJ) aircraft in a single class configuration. It uses the International Air Transport Association (IATA) code 7B.

source: Traveller24

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