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September 8, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa: Thomas Cook Airlines and Cape Town Air Access Launch New Gatwick Non-stop Route

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Wesgro is proud to announce the launch of the new Thomas Cook Airlines non-stop route between London and Cape Town.

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From 16 December 2016 Thomas Cook Airlines will operate three non-stop flights from Gatwick Airport to Cape Town International weekly using the airline’s A330 fleet which has both economy and new premium class cabins that offer luxury at affordable rates. 

Last year the Western Cape welcomed over 400 000 United Kingdom (UK) visitors but current capacity on flights between Cape Town International and Heathrow Airport is almost 90% used, so this new route is much needed. It is also the first flight from Cape Town to Gatwick Airport.

This route will have a positive impact on tourism, trade and investment in the Cape, and help Cape Town International airport reach the 10 million passenger milestone this year.

This route is the result of a collaborative effort by Cape Town Air Access – led by the Western Cape Provincial Government, the City of Cape Town, the Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town Tourism and the private sector, co-ordinated by Wesgro.

Cape Town Air Access is the focal point for international air route development in the Western Cape and, through joint marketing and networking opportunities, will continue to improve the Cape's air access to the UK.

This collaboration has already secured five new international routes and four expansions since its establishment in 2015, and played a pivotal role in Cape Town International Airport’s recent Routes 2016 Marketing Award win. 

We look forward to welcoming Thomas Cook Airline’s clients and the numerous opportunities this new route will provide the Cape economy.


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