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Emirates set to launch second daily flight to Cape Town

Dubai carrier says extra flights will begin on March 27 in response to strong demand

Emirates set to launch second daily flight to Cape Town
Emirates Airline

Emirates is to launch a second daily flight to Cape Town, starting on March 27, the airline said in a statement.

The strengthening of Emirates' South African routes comes after the airline helped to support the country's hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

As an official FIFA Partner, Emirates helped to bring the world to South Africa by flying in football fans from across its network of six continents.

Emirates currently serves 19 passenger and cargo destinations across the African continent.

The new Cape Town frequencies will mean that the airline now flies 42 times a week to its three South African gateways: Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

Richard Vaughan, divisional senior vice president of Commercial Operations Worldwide, said: "South Africa and the United Arab Emirates enjoy a thriving trade and investment relationship and the launch of our second daily service to Cape Town will help boost this further by supporting new business and tourism opportunities." said Richard Vaughan, Divisional Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations Worldwide.

"We have seen very strong inbound and outbound demand for our South African services over the last year," added Vaughan.

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