British airline Virgin Atlantic has announced the resumption of flights between London Heathrow and Cape Town International Airport.
Virgin Airlines Sir Richard Branson, announced the reopening of the Cape Town-London route from November 5, at an event in Cape Town on Saturday.
The announcement was also shared by Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and MMC for Economic Growth and Tourism James Vos.
“Guess who still flies to Cape Town every day? Welcome to Virgin Atlantic! What a pleasure to celebrate this announcement with Richard Branson and Alan Winde tonight,” Hill-Lewis tweeted.
His enthusiasm was shared by Vos.
“Virgin Atlantic announces the reintroduction of its Cape Town-London Heathrow route. This line will add 80,000 seats between Cape Town and London.
According to EWN, Virgin Atlantic halted direct flights between London and Cape Town in 2015, under new home immigration regulations.
However, the airline resumed flights in February 2020 before the aviation industry was grounded due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
For his part, the Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, defended the decision to privatize the struggling South African Airways (SAA).
It comes after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) threatened to take legal action against the government over the sale of 51% of SAA to the Takatso consortium.
Malema hinted that the sale of SAA was part of a government plan to privatize all public enterprises (EPs) in the country.
“There is absolutely no rationality in selling an airline for R51 to people connected and controlled by the white capitalist establishment,” Malema said.
“We will do everything in our power to cancel the sale of SAA because it is obvious that all public companies will first be made not to work well and then given to the white capitalist establishment for free.”
The government’s plan to sell a stake in SAA to Takatso was announced after the airline was forced to bail out its business in December 2019.
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