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Emirates expands South African flight schedule

Emirates has announced that it is expanding its South African schedule with additional frequencies to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Third daily flight to Johannesburg

Starting 1st March 2023, Emirates will operate three-flights-a-day between Dubai and Johannesburg. Emirates’ flight EK767 from Dubai to Johannesburg will operate with a Boeing B777 aircraft, complementing its double daily A380 operation. The flight will depart at 2325hrs, arriving at 0535hrs the next day to Johannesburg. The return flight will depart Johannesburg at 2220hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0820hrs the next morning.

The third daily flight from Johannesburg will help meet high demand with more than 300 available seats each way, and will offer additional flexibility for South African travellers with a new evening departure for easier connectivity to Europe, the Americas, West Asia and Far East via Dubai.

Cape Town and Durban

Starting 1st February 2023, the airline will operate double daily services between Dubai and Cape Town. Emirates’ second daily service to Cape Town will depart Dubai at 0910hrs, landing at 1645hrs. It will then depart Cape Town at 1325hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0110hrs the next day. With the double daily service to Cape Town, the airline will have restored its pre-pandemic schedule, supporting the city’s tourism industry right during peak season arrivals.

As of 1st December 2022, Emirates will operate daily service between Dubai and Durban, up from 5-weekly services running presently.

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Expanded schedule and increased connectivity

The additional services to all three gateways will also benefit passengers. Emirates has a codeshare and interline partnership with South African Airways, Airlink, FlySafair and Cemair. As Emirates has so many partner airlines, the airline has an edge there as it can offer easy connections to its passengers.

The airline says that it “continues to raise the bar on the premium experience for its South African customers” with a local selection of South African wines including Ken Forrester, Porseleinberg, Klein Constantia, Waterkloof, Boekenhoutskloof, amongst others. In addition to this, passengers can look forward to dining on authentic, proudly South African dishes and flavours with an array of local cheeses and Rooibos-inspired cuisine.

Emirates’ new flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban will collectively provide more cargo belly-hold capacity to further scale up import and export opportunities for local businesses, helping carry vital exports including seafood, fruits and vegetables, fresh and frozen meats, wine, pharmaceuticals, and gold – between the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and beyond.

Meanwhile, Emirates recently announced a new codeshare partnership with United.

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