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DOT finally approves Delta’s triangular route

DoT finally approves Delta’s triangular route between Atlanta, Johannesburg & Cape Town – a move welcomed by the Western Cape govt, which had reinstated an intergovernmental dispute process last month to ensure a speedy resolution. Good news for Cape Town, great news for travellers.

Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic opportunities, David Maynier, said that while his provincial government remained committed to working with national government to find solutions to the challenges faced, the intergovernmental dispute process was ongoing.

This will ensure:
that all foreign operator permit applications are processed in accordance with existing national policy, legislation and agreements; and ensure that all foreign operator permit applications are processed by the responsible person, which in this case is the Chairperson of the International Air Services Council, with administrative support from the National Department of Transport.

“We regard the approval of Delta Air Lines’ application to fly a triangular route between Atlanta, Johannesburg and Cape Town as a big win and we will continue to work hard to expand air access in the province, because more flights mean more tourists and more tourists mean more jobs in the Western Cape,” said Maynier.

“We remain committed to increasing investment, expanding trade and scaling up tourism with the United States, and so we look forward to finally welcoming Delta Air Lines to the Western Cape.”

The Western Cape’s tourism sector, which now counts the US as its key source market for inbound travel, has received a major boost with the national government set to give America’s Delta Air Lines the green light to fly a triangular route between Atlanta, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The WC provincial govt has, for the better part of a year, been pushing for Delta to be granted a so-called co-terminalisation licence, meaning the airline would be able to offload and board new passengers in both Jhb & Cape Town
*TNW News & Business News reports

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