Officials in Cape Town have welcomed the imminent addition of a TAP Air Portugal route to the city.
The direct seasonal Lisbon to Cape Town service will operate three days a week and is scheduled to commence on November 11th.
It will run until the end of March 2021.
The service will operate on an Airbus 330-900neo, with a total passenger capacity of 298 seats - 34 in business class, 96 in economy extra, and 168 in economy class.
Lisbon, which serves as the airline’s operational hub, has seen a notable growth in passenger traffic to South Africa with a 25 per cent in 2018 and a further seven per cent last year.
TAP also offers great onward connectivity to southern Europe, North Africa and South America – all regions currently unserved from Cape Town.
Brazil is one of the fastest growing markets for Cape Town, with a 78 per cent increase in inbound traffic noted for 2019.
Furthermore, the airline offers connectivity to a number of cities within Latin America which is a region with the highest passenger growth for both 2018 and 2019.
“These past few weeks have been surreal.
“We have watched the world close down in an attempt limit the spread of this devastating virus to which sadly, none of us are immune.
“The announcement by TAP Airlines could not have come at a better time.
“It’s instilled some much-needed hope into the aviation industry.
“Their commitment is a clear demonstration of confidence in our destination and travel.
“As the team at Cape Town International Airport, we will be sure to be ready for their inaugural flight later this year and we look forward to welcoming them to the City,” commented Deon Cloete, general manager of Cape Town International Airport.
To find out more about the Portuguese flag-carrier, head over to the official website.