New Airlines Flying To Durban Will Awaken Tourism On The East Coast.
As an influx of international airlines announced this year that they will launch flights to Durban, tourism to the East Coast of South Africa is set to be uplifted ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Ethiopian Airlines, the flag carrier of Ethiopia and the most recent airline to announce Durban flights, joins Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and Proflight (Zambia) in the new line up of airlines who this year confirmed they will commence flights to King Shaka International Airport.
Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and Ethiopian supplement Emirates and Air Mauritius – the additional international options already operating scheduled services between Durban and Dubai and Durban and Plaine Magnien, Mauritius. All five of these airlines already serve airports in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Travelstart South Africa, the travel booking website that allows travellers to compare prices from all airlines and book flights, believes these new carriers will nudge the country’s third largest city into an energised era of tourism, “In Durban we already have the makings of a world class city – the nearby Drakensberg mountains – a World Heritage Site, the cultural tourist sites found in Zululand and the KZN Midlands, the beaches which lie north and south of the city, a first-rate stadium in Moses Mabhida, the ICC for business and the revitalised Golden Mile, to name a few,” said the online travel agency’s Head of Communications Russell Jarvis.
Praneetha Aniruth, owner of the popular I Love Durban online community said, “We’re very excited about the new airlines that are now flying directly to Durban; in fact many of our fans wanted to book flights as soon as the news was released. This will not only increase tourism to our beautiful city of Durban, but will also make travel much easier and affordable for locals. We hope that this entices more airlines to choose Durban as a direct flight destination and look forward to welcoming more airlines to Durban.”
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