CAPE TOWN – The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday announced that it had launched Chamber Air, a facilitation service for air travel bookings for unscheduled short-haul routes in an effort to speed up economic growth.
The first destination to benefit will be Saldanha Bay on the Cape west coast.
Incorporating the Chamber network, charter services and the integrated support of all stakeholders, for the first time, short-haul flights of this nature have become economically viable with this unique model, the Chamber said.
“This might seem an unlikely initiative for a Chamber of Commerce, but it makes a lot of sense. Saldanha and its Industrial Development Zone, for example, will be of great importance to business in the city and we need to build new and efficient links between these two port destinations,” said Geoff Jacobs, President of the Chamber.
He pointed out that commercial and freight traffic are expected to grow substantially in the next 10 years and the existing single lane road system would not be able to cope. That would mean slow and frustrating journeys by car.