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Delta Air Lines is hoping to return to South Africa in August.But it’s dropped its plans to stop in Cape Town and is instead focusing solely on a direct route between Atlanta in the US & Jhb. Delta’s return has been welcomed, its decision to abandon plans for a Cape Town stopover – first proposed in May 2020 – has raised questions.

The City of Cape Town (CoCT) & the Western Cape govt continue to lobby  national government to speedily approve an application by Delta Air Lines to the DoT to add a stop at Cape Town International Airport on its Atlanta-Johannesburg service.

James Vos,WC Minister of Finance & Economic Opportunities said, “Inconveniencing international travellers in this way could severely impact Cape Town’s – and thus South Africa’s – tourism industry and thus hold back our post-COVID recovery.”

And David Maynier, expressed concern that the Delta Air Lines application has been pending for over 12 months.
He reiterated that Delta Air Lines’ flight to Cape Town was key for economic recovery and job creation in the Western Cape. “And so, I appeal to Minister Mbalula to urgently review this matter and expedite this long-overdue application so that Delta Air Lines can fly to Cape Town.”

📢 Much discussion is happening but one thing is certain, approval of Delta Air Lines flight to Cape Town is critical for economic recovery in the Western Cape.

Read full statement by WC Minister David Maynier in the comments.

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