Cape Town Air Access (CTAA) has welcomed the announcement by United Airlines that it plans a new non-stop route between the city and the United States from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.
If approved by the U.S. Department of transportation, the route will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
CTAA, a partnership between the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape provincial government, Wesgro, the tourism, trade & investment promotion agency for the city and the province, as well as Cape Town Tourism and South African Tourism, said the planned service would provide an important link to the key North American market.
It would not only boost tourism but grow cargo and attract more foreign direct investment from American companies.
North America was one of the largest unserved markets for Cape Town and the Western Cape, with the USA, ranked as the 3rd largest market for inbound passengers to Cape Town International Airport in 2017.