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Etihad Restores South Africa Flights and adds Flights to Zanzibar

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Etihad Airways has today confirmed it will restore flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa and the Indian Ocean Island of Zanzibar from November.

Etihad Airways suspended all flights between Abu Dhabi and South Africa and closed its Johannesburg office in November last year as part of its review on network performance due to the impact of Covid-19.

These new additions will be quarantine free for passengers and will add to the airline’s network tally to 70 destinations in 47 countries.

Ticket sales are open for sale and are valid until midnight on 6 October 2021, available on a first come, first served basis.

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad, said: “We’re proud to be launching Etihad’s newest destinations in Africa this winter and we’re confident our guests will find they are all incredible places to visit.”

“Johannesburg is an important route on our network and offers vital connectivity to and from the southern African region. On the southern coast, Cape Town is a breathtaking part of the world, with something to offer the most discerning traveller. Likewise, the beautiful island of Zanzibar will complement our network to the Maldives and Seychelles offering more choice for leisure travellers looking to enjoy the glorious Indian ocean.”

“We are also thrilled to offer connectivity for travellers from both countries to visit our home the UAE over the winter months. With the world’s greatest show, Expo 2020 opening now, there has never been a better time to visit Abu Dhabi and the UAE.”

Etihad will start flights to Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city, and the coastal city of Cape Town from 25 November with both destinations operating three times per week on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

The route will be serviced by Etihad’s flagship, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, with 28 Business Studios, 78 Economy Space seats and 184 Economy seats.

Beginning 26 November, Etihad will add services to Zanzibar giving flyers an ideal winter holiday to the Indian Ocean island. The route will also offer easy connectivity for guests travelling from Europe and North America and transiting through Abu Dhabi.

Scheduled flights will operate on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays on the airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft offering 8 seats in Business and 150 seats in Economy.

 

By Victor Shalton Odhiambo

 

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