Inaugural flight from Brussels to OR Tambo to land on 15 September

Johannesburg, The Gauteng Tourism Authority is excited over increased air access as more flights land at OR Tambo. Air Belgium lands in South Africa tomorrow 15 September, marking the airlines first journey into the African continent. This good news for the golden province as more international flights continue to prefer the OR Tambo International Airport as their gateway into the African continent. On 29 June, Air Cote d’Ivore commenced its maiden service into Johannesburg. Flights aboard the airline’s modern A330neo will depart Brussels every Wednesday and Sunday at 19:45 – arriving in Johannesburg at 7:15 the next day, before flying onto Cape Town. South Africans heading to Europe will be able to fly from Cape Town International (with a short stop in Johannesburg) or OR Tambo every Monday and Thursday. The flight offers 30 seats in Business Class, 21 seats in Premium Class and 235 Economy Class seats.

As the seat of the European Union, Brussels in known as the” capital of Europe” and it is this factor that makes such developments worth celebrating. Belgium is also South Africa’s 6th largest trading partner. “We are very much excited by these latest developments as Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA) because this is in line with the city region’s tourism growth, trade development and investment facilitation strategy and plan announced by Gauteng Premier David Makhura in his state of the province address earlier this year,” explained GTA Chief Executive Sthembiso Sthe Dlamini.

These exciting developments can be attributed to the collaborative nature of the role-players in the Gauteng Air Access Network who continues to work tirelessly to not only reinstate the lost routes due to Covid restrictions but attract and retain new air routes and the building of a solid pipeline of potential routes covering cargo, passengers and special permits for film crews and charter market flights. The Gauteng Air Access Network consists of public and private sector stakeholders led by representatives of the Gauteng Tourism Authority, the Gauteng Growth & Development Agency (GGDA) Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), City of Ekurhuleni and private airport facilities.

“Aviation plays a key role in enabling the economic growth of countries which rely on major hubs. While air connectivity benefits travelers by giving them access to a wider network as well as more frequent and better-connected services, but it can also strengthen a countries economy over long haul, boosting productivity through its positive impact on business”, concluded Dlamini

For more information and interviews requests contact Nonhlanhla Mbethe at 0824351649 nonhlanhla@gauteng.net

Enquiries: Barba Gaoganediwe, Spokesperson Gauteng Tourism
0834467844
barba@gauteng.net
@Barba_G74 on twitter
124 Main Street, Marshalltown, Johannesburg
www.gauteng.net

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