Singapore Airlines ups flights to SA

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is set to increase its number of flights to Cape Town, South Africa, in order to meet growing travel demand.

Singapore Airlines Limited, the flag carrier airline of Singapore, will be chartering daily flights via Johannesburg from March 26, 2018.

Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde, says “Air access is a pipeline to growing our economy and creating jobs. Singapore Airlines’ decision to increase its frequency to our region is a show of confidence in the business and leisure tourism offering. This is the latest in a series of new and expanded direct routes, which have increased international air arrivals by 27% year-on-year. The Cape Town Air Access initiative has played a significant role in boosting air arrivals to our region, and I’d like to commend the team for their continued commitment to growing the Western Cape’s tourism sector, and tourism jobs in our region.”

The airline currently has four flights per a week, the additional flights will complement SIA’s current daily service to Johannesburg and operate as SQ478 (Singapore—Johannesburg--Cape Town) and SQ479 (Cape Town--Johannesburg--Singapore).   

SIA will operate flights to Cape Town and Johannesburg using its Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The aircraft seats 253 customers in three classes, with 42 in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy Class and 187 in Economy Class.

The new flights are subject to regulatory approvals, a press release stated. Tickets will be made available for sale progressively through the various distribution channels