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Flying high: Cemair forges ahead with expansion plans

The South African logo The South African 2021/02/18 Lorne Philpot
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Cemair is going from strength to strength, and has taken advantage of the altered aviation landscape in South Africa. Since it returned to the skies in June 2020, it has grown its domestic route network. It has also formed partnerships with several major international airlines flying to South Africa.

OPPORTUNITY TO GROW LOCAL ROUTE NETWORK

On 1 June, when airlines were permitted under the lockdown to begin operating limited domestic  services again, Cemair was quick to get back into the air. The airline took advantage of the uncluttered aviation landscape while many of the country’s other carriers remained grounded.

Cemair used to operate a limited domestic route network serving regional centres including Plettenberg Bay, Margate and George only. But it has now begun to operate scheduled fights on several of the country’s major air routes as a result of “being in the right place at the right time”.

The carrier began operating flights on routes it previously had not flown while there were few airlines operating. Cemair has now entrenched itself as a reliable scheduled carrier on several of South Africa’s major routes. These include the country’s two busiest routes — Johannesburg to Cape Town and Johannesburg to Durban.

CEMAIR EXPANDS REGIONAL NETWORK

Cemair also has permission to operate flights to countries outside of South Africa’s borders. The airline aims to fly to Lagos (Nigeria), Luanda (Angola), Maputo (Mozambique) and Gaborone (Botswana) in the near future.

The airline has three additional Airbus A 319 aircraft which will be deployed on the new routes. Cemair  hopes to start flights to these destinations outside South Africa’s borders when the relevant governments end flight bans on South African carriers and reopen borders to South Africans.

CEMAIR PARTNERS WITH INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: Cemair has partnered with Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline. Image: Adobe Stock © Provided by The South African Cemair has partnered with Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline. Image: Adobe Stock

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

Cemair signed an interline agreement with Africa’s largest airline, Ethiopia Airlines, on 22 January. The agreement allows passengers from both airlines to enjoy seamless travel with a single ticket. It will also mean lower costs between destinations within both of the carriers’ route networks.

“Ethiopian is a strong partner and, with the significant changes in the South African airline industry, we look forward to working closely with them as we expand our network both domestically and beyond,” Cemair CEO Miles van der Molen said in a press release.

Rahel Asefa, vice president: marketing for Ethiopian Airlines Group, said: “In our continuous endeavour to expand our service beyond our extensive network in Africa, we are happy to partner and add Cemair to our list of partners in Africa.”

QATAR AIRWAYS

Cemair also signed an interline agreement with award-winning Middle Eastern carrier Qatar Airways on 11 February. The agreement will enable convenient travel options for passengers from either airline to destinations across both carriers’ route networks on a single ticket.

“We are proud of our association with Qatar Airways, one of the world’s leading airlines,” Van der Molen said.

Qatar Airways’ Hendrik du Preez, said: “We are delighted to sign the interline agreement with Cemair, connecting our passengers to 16 additional domestic and four regional destinations from South Africa.”

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