Proposed New York to CT flight dubbed an investment ‘game changer’

Cape Town International Airport.

Cape Town Air Access (CTAA) has welcomed as a trade and investment “game changer” the announcement by United Airlines that it intends launching a new non-stop route between the US and Cape Town, from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, New York.

If approved by the United States Department of Transportation, United’s service between New York/Newark and Cape Town will be serviced by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

“This will be a game-changer for Cape Town and the Western Cape, linking the Cape to the important North American market. It will not only boost tourism but grow cargo and attract even more foreign direct investment into the Western Cape from US companies,” said Tim Harris, CEO of trade and investment body, Wesgro.

He highlighted that North America was one of the largest unserved markets for Cape Town and the Western Cape, with the USA ranked as the third-largest market for inbound passengers to Cape Town International Airport in 2018.

Deon Cloete, airport manager of Cape Town International Airport, said: “The introduction of this new route not only provides a much-needed link between the USA and Cape Town from a tourism perspective, but a direct flight, with an estimated four-hour saving in travel time, will also mean an increase in business and investment opportunities.”

According to a study conducted by Grant Thornton, a direct North American flight would see an increase in direct and indirect imports into the province, with cargo capacity contributing approximately R94 million in potential trade.


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