Emirates airlines celebrating first anniversary direct flights to Durban

Emirates, continues to offer direct flights to South Africa as it celebrated a successful first anniversary of operations in Durban on 1st October. Durban became Emirates’ third South African destination when it launched a year ago today, making the airline the only non-domestic carrier to fly international routes on a daily basis out of KwaZulu Natal, the Zulu Kingdom. The success of the route caps a busy year for the airline. Emirates now serves South Africa with five daily, non-stop flights to Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town from Dubai . Meanwhile, as an Official Partner of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Emirates was proud to bring fans from across its global network to the hugely successful tournament.

“We have been very pleased with the performance of our South African routes over the past year, and have seen strong demand across all cabins,” said Fouad Caunhye, regional manager of Emirates in Southern Africa. “But more importantly, I believe that through our ongoing activity, we have been able to demonstrate Emirates’ unyielding commitment to this market. We hope this has proven that South Africa – and indeed Africa as a whole – continues to be an integral part of Emirates’ long-term strategy.” He added: “Through our sponsorship of sporting and cultural events, such as the FIFA World Cup and the upcoming Durban Diwali Festival 2010, we remain committed to finding new ways to connect with our customers and to support the South African communities in which we serve.”

With one of the most fuel-efficient fleets in the skies, Emirates is able to offer passengers reliable, safe and supremely comfortable air travel to over 100 destinations across six continents. The 278-seat Airbus A330-200 which the airline operates from Durban boasts features such as award-winning inflight entertainment and new generation seats that guarantee luxury and comfort.

Business class passengers are able to enjoy lie-flat seats while private suites are available for premium flyers. And, with its state-of-the-art base in Dubai, all Emirates passengers can expect a high standard of service and access to world-class amenities, making transits and stopovers a seamless and enjoyable experience. The Emirates Group has also taken important steps to widen the province’s trade links through the launch of its cargo division, Emirates SkyCargo, in Durban. By offering five outbound freighter flights a day and the only 24/7 inbound and outbound cargo handling service, the airline has opened up the city’s skyways to traders and provides an alternative to the port.

“Our local operation is facilitating business in the province by providing a solution for faster cargo movement to a wide network. This is essential for Durban as an invaluable contributor towards South Africa’s GDP,” commented Caunhye.

Emirates has had a presence in South Africa since 1995. The airline now flies three-times daily to Johannesburg and daily to Cape Town and Durban. In addition to opening up South Africa’s skies, Emirates has also created jobs for many local people.

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