Mthatha adds one more flight

Daily Dispatch - - News - MTHATHA BU­REAU [email protected]­

From Mon­day, fly­ing from Mthatha to Jo­han­nes­burg will cost be­tween R480 and R1,200 a sin­gle trip.

There will now be two air­lines op­er­at­ing on the Jo­han­nes­burg to Mthatha route, with SA Ex­press added on.

This was an­nounced by Eastern Cape trans­port MEC Weziwe Tikana on Thurs­day when she said that SA Ex­press would also ser­vice the route.

SA Ex­press will of­fer flights from Mon­day to Sun­day with the ex­cep­tion of Satur­days.

SA Ex­press spokesper­son Madikwe Mabotha said the cheapest flight would cost around R480 while the ex­pen­sive one would cost about R1,200 a sin­gle trip, based on the size of the air­craft. Prices ex­clude air­port taxes. Airlink was the first air­line to ser­vice the route fol­low­ing the con­struc­tion of a larger run­way to ac­com­mo­date larger air­craft as part of a R700m re­vamp of the Mthatha Air­port five years ago.

Tikana de­scribed the move as a pos­i­tive for the trans­port busi­ness in the Eastern Cape.

“It’s also good news for the eco­nomic prospects of this re­gion,” she said.

SA Ex­press would ini­tially op­er­ate a daily flight from O R Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port with the in­ten­tion of in­creas­ing fre­quency early in the new year. How­ever, that would be sub­ject to de­mand.

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