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Mmabatho – Mafikeng Airport in the North West province is set to be back in full operation by resuming regular flights to Johannesburg and Pilanesburg, the office of the provincial premier announced on Friday.

Speaking during the official launch of the flight schedule at the airport on Friday morning, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo said the move was part of the provincial government’s broader plan to reposition, rebrand and renew the province with special focus on Mahikeng as the capital city.

“By June last year we were talking theory, and today we have moved from theory to practice. We said that we will make this practical and I am very happy that SA Express and all stakeholders came to the party to make this a reality in line with our saamtrek saamwerk (pull together, work together) philosophy. This proves that we are committed to achieve our objectives,” said Mahumapelo.

SA Express will fly from Mahikeng to Pilanesberg and OR Tambo International Airport three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Fares would range from R400 for Mahikeng to Pilanesburg and from R600 for Mahikeng to Johannesburg.

Mahumapelo said that they were also looking at the possible introduction of flights between Mahikeng, Bloemfontein and Kruger National Park as part of enhancing the Maize Triangle strategic growth.