Cape Town’s tourism and business sectors fear SAA’s decision to halt its direct flights from Cape Town to London from August 15 will hurt the region’s economy.
Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, Cape Town Tourism head, said the cancellation of the direct flights could have a negative effect on tourism arrivals from the UK and the rest of Europe.
“Airlines must make economic sense. When a flight is cancelled, this is the reason. Decreased business travel, as a result of troubled economies, continues to plague key source markets,” she said. The cancellation highlighted the need to market Cape Town as a business destination.
“The business traveller is a major contributor to covering flight expenses, which points to a need to work hard on forging stronger business ties in addition to the leisure market.”