Emirates Airline has announced a sweeping expansion of its service across 3 South African destinations.
Here’s what you need to know.
Durban Service Begins on December 1
Emirates announced on September 26 that it was expanding service between Dubai (DXB) and 3 cities in South Africa: Cape Town (CPT), Durban (DUR), and Johannesburg (JNB).
Emirates says it will add daily flights to Durban beginning December 1. The airline is also expanding service to and from Johannesburg with 3 daily flights beginning March 1, 2023, and twice daily flights to Cape Town starting February 1, 2023. The twice-daily service to Cape Town restores the airline’s pre-pandemic schedule, Emirates says.
All told, this expansion will increase Emirates’ weekly schedule to South Africa to 42 flights.
Emirates Dubai-to-Johannesburg service, flight EK 767, will be on the Boeing 777-ER, which has more than 300 seats–including the so-called “Game Changer First Class Suites.”
South Africa is seen as a large hub in the southern part of the continent, connecting travelers from the Middle East and elsewhere to destinations such as Mozambique, Namibia, and Botswana.
However, the airline isn’t the only Middle Eastern carrier that flies to South Africa. Qatar Airways offers daily services between its Doha (DOH) hub and Cape Town and Johannesburg. And Etihad Airways also flies between its Abu Dhabi base and Johannesburg.
Tickets for all routes can be purchased on Emirates.com or through the mobile app. Award flights have already been loaded onto the website, and there is pretty decent availability on the routes. One-way flights between Dubai and the 3 South African cities start at 41,250 Emirates Skywards miles in economy, 76,250 miles in business class, or 90,000 miles in first class.
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Emirates says it has served South Africa for nearly 3 decades, flying more than 20 million passengers to and from the country through its Dubai hub. That the airline is expanding across South Africa is excellent news for travelers in the country and across the southern part of the continent.
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