Delta Air Lines’ long-awaited route from Atlanta to Johannesburg and Cape Town will begin later this year. depending on the airline.
The announcement comes after what the South African press described as a “regulatory impasse”.
“Delta is grateful to the South African government’s Department of Transport for approving its application to operate its Atlanta-Johannesburg-Cape Town-Atlanta triangular route,” said Jimmy Eichelgruen, Delta’s director of sales for Africa. , the Middle East and India. We look forward to expanding our routing service later this year, offering more travel choices between South Africa and the United States.”
Meanwhile, Western Cape Minister David Maynier said: “We view the approval of Delta Air Lines’ application to fly a triangular route between Atlanta, Johannesburg and Cape Town as a great victory, and we will continue to work hard to expand ‘air access’ Because more flights mean more tourists and more tourists mean more jobs in the Western Cape We remain committed to increasing investment, expanding trade and stepping up tourism with the United States, and so we look forward to finally welcoming Delta Air Lines to the Western Cape.”
Delta has been flying nonstop to Johannesburg from the United States for years. This new route marks the carrier’s first service to Capetown.
Update: This report was updated on April 26 to clarify that this route marks Delta’s first service to Capetown.