Eswatini Air has announced its planned operating schedule, fares and notice of reservations system going live. The airline’s debut marks the end of a long wait for the commencement date of Eswatini Air flights.
The new airline recognizes that this is a brand-new operation, and thus requires caution to ensure a smooth entry in the market. Therefore, Eswatini Air has deemed it proper to introduce its service in four phases.
The first phase will launch the King Mswati III International (SHO) to Johannesburg (JNB) flights, operating two flights per day effective 26th March 2023. The morning rotation departs from SHO at 07:00 to arrive in JNB at 07:45. The return flight departs JNB at 08:45 arriving at SHO at 09:35. The second rotation departs SHO at 16:05 arriving in JNB at 16:55, with the return leg departing from JNB at 17:40 arriving at SHO at 18:30.
The second phase will add Harare (HRE) to the schedule effective 14 April 2023, offering four flights per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. All flights will depart SHO at 10:15 and arrive at 11:45. Departure from HRE is 14:00 to arrive at SHO at 15:30.
Durban (DUR) will be added to the schedule in the third phase, effective 5 May 2023, offering a flight each day of the week. The flight will depart SHO at 17:30 to arrive in DUR at 18:30, while the return flight will depart DUR at 07:55 to arrive at SHO at 08:55. Phase III also includes the introduction of a third daily flight between SHO and JNB to be operated in the afternoon. Timings for this flight are such that departure from SHO is 11:30 arriving at JNB at 12:20, and departure from JNB is 14:10 arriving at SHO 15:00.
The fourth and final launch phase entails the addition of Cape Town to the route network, effective 2nd June 2023. Cape Town will be operated three times per week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Departure time from SHO will be 10:20 arriving at CPT at 12:50. The return flight will depart CPT at 13:40 and arrive at SHO at 16:10.
Eswatini Air’s reservations and ticketing system is now open for bookings and ticket purchases. Clients can book via email, telephone, website, visit the customer service center or contact their nearest travel agent. Travel agency-based bookings are also accessible via Eswatini Air’s partners APG Airlines (A1) and Hahn Air.
The airline’s resolution, as expressed in its “Everyone Must Fly” slogan, is to ensure that travel by air inbound and outbound Eswatini is affordable to all.