Following its bid to increase tourism in the country, Emirates Airlines is set to expand its South African operations by increasing its scheduled flights into the country. This will see more flights into the country from the Dubai-based airline.

Emirates Airlines is set to increase its number of flights into the African country as part of its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the South African Tourism Board. The airline which recently announced its partnership with United Airlines is set to ramp up its schedule in South Africa.

The airline will increase its capacity to Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg from its Dubai base to increase tourism and satisfy the growing demands for air travel to the country.

Emirates Airbus A380 in flight.
Emirates hosts more Airbus A380 aircraft than any other airline | © Mike McBey

The MoU to jointly promote tourism was signed with the South African government earlier this year to take advantage of the airline’s extensive global network. With the MoU coming into full effect, Emirates will add two more weekly flights on the Dubai to Durban (DUR) route starting from December 1, 2022.

Thus, increasing the airline’s service from 5-weekly to 5-daily trips. The airline also aims to bring its services to Cape Town (CPT) to 2019 levels by adding a second daily flight to the route beginning from February 1, 2023. A  third daily flight to the Dubai to Johannesburg (JNB)  route will also be added from March 1, 2023. 

With the new scheduled flights, the airline will operate 42 weekly flights to South Africa when the MoU kicks into action.

According to Emirates Airlines, the added flights:

will collectively provide more cargo belly-hold capacity further to scale up import and export opportunities for local businesses, helping carry vital exports including seafood, fruits and vegetables, fresh and frozen meats, wine, pharmaceuticals, and gold – between UAE, South Africa and beyond.” 


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