Johannesburg: Jet Airways is to introduce daily flight to South Africa from 15 April, expanding its overseas network from Europe, US and the Gulf to the African continent.
India’s growing economy and its large market present a huge opportunity for South Africa, said Nikos Kardassis, CEO of Jet Airways.
“We are confident Jet Airways will soon emerge as the preferred airline on this route, given our unparallelled domestic network in India and ever-expanding international footprint. South Africa, as indeed the African region, is an important market for us and we are confident of capturing and growing the market,” Kardassis said in a statement.
The Jet Airways will be the second Indian airliner to operate to the region after Air India and travel sources said that they expect a substantial growth in air traffic to the region.
“This is good news, as it will give travellers a daily direct option between the commercial hubs of India and South Africa for the first time,” said travel agent R C Naik, who specialises in flights to India.
‘Jet Airways’ pricing also appears to be highly competitive, so we are definitely going to see substantial growth in passenger numbers to and from India.
Currently, national carrier South African Airways has four flights weekly direct to Mumbai.
“The introduction of the Jet Airways daily flights will no doubt increase tourism to India, which has shown a growth of seven per cent over last year and continues to grow despite the recession,“ Wilson Sudhakar, head of the Government of India Tourism Office in Johannesburg, said.
Johannesburg will be the twenty-second destination in the airline’s international network.