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Date published 23.10.2017

CAPE Town Air Access Partners have marked the introduction of new and expanded international air services to Cape Town starting from the end of this month, including new and expanded services by Lufthansa Group carriers. The development of operations from US and Far East markets have now been prioritized .

Lufthansa, Edelweiss and Eurowings will all be flying to the city from next month, with Austrian Airlines due to revive South Africa service with a direct Cape Town – Vienna schedule in October next year.

Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde last week said the expanded services were a major win for the city and the Air Access partnership.

Lufthansa Group General Manager South Africa Andre Schulz said there was good demand from European markets for the flights into Cape Town but the group had also identified “significant outbound potential”.

Eurowings will provide a new pricing model for the market, he said, with some of the first low-cost international fares from South Africa.

Dr. Schulz said the recent Lufthansa acquisition of low-cost airline Air Berlin’s assets was in line with the group’s growth strategy and “a major step in European airline consolidation”.

He said Cape Town had been chosen as the host city for the 2018 Lufthansa Group conference, due to take place in February.

• See the November issue of TIR for more on this story, at www.tir.co.za from the 1st.

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