By Rob Morris
The Abu Dhabi carrier announced it is to launch its second flight to South Africa this summer.
Etihad Airways is set to launch its second flight to South Africa this summer when services to Cape Town begin in September.
The indirect service, scheduled to start on September 30 using an Airbus A330, will fly first to capital Johannesburg before carrying on to Cape Town.
When launched, the Abu Dhabi carrier will operate to five destinations in Africa with Kartoum, Cairo and Casablanca services already in place.
James Hogan, Etihad CEO, said the airline had launched the Cape Town service to capitalise on increased traffic to South Africa during next year’s FIFA World Cup.
He added demand among the 40,000 South Africans living in the UAE would be high. It will also help thousands of other South African expatriates across the Middle East connect with their home country through Abu Dhabi, the airline said.
Cape Town is expected to attract leisure passengers lured by Table Mountain and Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.
Johannesburg was added to Etihad’s network in 2005, two years following the airline’s launch. It has since emerged as one of the carrier’s most popular destinations, Etihad claimed.