COVID-19 has had a far-reaching impact on the aviation and tourism industries. While the global health community works towards minimising the spread of the disease, airlines are reviewing current flight schedules in response to its effects.
Cape Town Air Access, the route development project for Cape Town and the Western Cape, is in ongoing discussions with airline partners and its impact on the local route network.
Confirmed changes to the Cape Town Air Route Network as at 23 March 2020:
● Air Namibia: Current schedule to remain as is until further notice.
● Air Mauritius: Flights to Cape Town cancelled from 22 March 2020.
● Ethiopian: Operating normal schedule.
● FlyWestair: Flights to Cape Town cancelled between 23 March until 18 April.
● Kenya Airways: Last flight to Cape Town on 25 March 2020, stopping all international flights
● RwandAir: Grounding fleet on 20 March 2020, at 23h59, for 30 days.
● South African Express: Grounded entire fleet on 18 March 2020.
● TAAG: Grounded all international flights on 19 March 2020 at 23h59.
● Cathay Pacific: Seasonal flight reduced two weeks before end of planned schedule on 4 February 2020.
● Singapore Airlines: Currently 4 flights per week instead of daily.
● Austrian: Entire fleet grounded on 18 March 2020 until further notice.
● Air France: Last flight from Cape Town on 22 March 2020.
● BA: A London Heathrow to Cape Town flight will take place on alternating days between 29 March – 28 April 2020.
● Condor: Following FRA-CPT flights will be cancelled:
○ 23,24,26, 28 and 30 March
○ 2, 4, 6, 9, 13, 14, 16 and 18 April
● Edelweiss: reducing capacity for March only flights from CPT to ZRH on 21, 24, 27 and 31 March.
KLM: Last flight from Cape Town on 29 March 2020. Scheduled flights on 20,21,22,23,24,26,27 and 29 March 2020.
● Lufthansa: Last Cape Town-Frankfurt flight on 29 March 2020 and last flight to Munchen on 25 March 2020.
● Turkish Airlines: Stopped all flights to South Africa on 22 March until 17 April
● United Airlines: Seasonal flights to continue until end of season, on 28 March 2020.
● Emirates: Last Cape Town to Dubai flight on 24 March 2020. From 25 March no more flights to Cape Town, only a daily flight to Joburg.
● Qatar: From 23 – 31 March 2020, there will be 7 flights per week instead of 10 on the Cape Town to Doha flight. From 1 April – 31 May 2020, there will be 4 flights per week.
Cape Town Air Access, together with its private and public sector partners, is committed to providing support and maintaining ongoing discussions with airlines. If you have any queries, please contact the team.
*Due to ongoing developments around COVID-19, the information provided above is subject to change.
For updates on COVID-19, visit the Western Cape Government site.
For more info on the impact on trade, tourism, conferences, investment, and film in Cape Town and the Western Cape, click here.
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