New airline for Cape Town-Windhoek route

New South African airline Fly Blue Crane has received approval from South African and Namibian authorities to launch its first regional service between Cape Town and Windhoek.

The airline, which took to the skies from its Johannesburg hub in September 2015, will launch its inaugural return flights between the two cities on 13 May and 15 May. Exact flight schedules on the route will be released soon.

The addition of the new route was in line with the airline’s regional ambitions that were articulated at the time of its launch last year, with more southern African destinations to be considered as the airline grows.

Fly Blue Crane launched its inaugural flights from the OR Tambo International Airport on 1 September last year. It offers cargo services on all its flights to Kimberley and Bloemfontein, between Kimberley and Cape Town as well as between Bloemfontein and Cape Town.

The airline operates 50−seater Embraer Regional Jet 145 (ERJ) aircraft in a single class configuration. It uses the International Air Transport Association (IATA) code 7B.