South Africa’s newest airline, Fly Blue Crane, is rapidly expanding regionally.
The airline has been granted 14 frequencies from Johannesburg to Maputo in Mozambique, and 14 from Johannesburg to Manzini, Swaziland, says CEO, Siza Mzimela.
She says South Africa’s International Air Services Council has given its approval for the two routes and a launch date will be announced in the next few weeks, once the airline receives its foreign operator permits from Mozambique and Swaziland. Mzimela says the Maputo route will require careful planning, because Fly Blue Crane has been restricted to 400 seats per week on that route.
Fly Blue Crane is keen to introduce one or two more domestic flights, but the airline’s ultimate focus is on the region and it will be looking at additional bilateral route rights to the rest of southern Africa. Domestically, the airline currently serves secondary routes between Johannesburg and Kimberley, and Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, both of which are mostly used by business travellers. Its flights from Kimberley to Cape Town attract VFR and leisure travel.
Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook. Source: Hilka Birns.