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New direct flights from Durban to London
​EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, Economic Development, Tourism
and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala and City Manager Sipho
Nzuza welcomed the first direct to British Airways flight from London
to Durban. The new route will further unlock KwaZulu-Natal’s tourism
potential and drive socioeconomic development.
DURBAN’S international tourism standing and socioeconomic development is expected to reach new heights as King Shaka International Airport welcomed British Airways flight BA41 on 30 October, the first of three weekly direct flights between Durban and London.

The massive Boeing 787-8 aircraft landed for the first time and launched the new route between King Shaka International Airport and Heathrow Airport in London.
The route is projected to cater to about 100 000 annual business and leisure passengers and will assist in further growing the tourism industry.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Sihle Zikalala said that air services play a pivotal role in stimulating economic development. “New international and regional air routes open up new opportunities across a full spectrum of sectors including tourism and leisure, business and commercial and cargo and manufacturing.”

EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said this partnership will positively impact visitor traffic to Durban and will subsequently boost the City’s economy while showcasing its majestic sights and sounds. “Durban remains the gateway to Africa and we have now opened up the gateway to Europe. This will increase tourism income and promote investment in Durban.

There is also an emerging trend of travellers from the United Kingdom who tend to look for authentic travel experiences and this is a huge opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs and tour operators to provide visitors with a growing inventory of new experiences.” Paolo de Renzis, Commercial Manager at British Airways said while Durban and London may differ in many ways, the two cities also have many similarities. “We share a rich history, diversity, tourism attractions and good infrastructure. We are pleased to offer our most modern and comfortable aircraft,” he said.

The launch of more direct international flights into Durban is also expected to inject a lucrative boost for foreign direct investment for the province. Neville Matjie, Chief Executive Officer for Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal said: “We want to continue to attract investments from the United Kingdom into the province. KwaZulu-Natal is a safe haven for businesses to thrive and we are ready to provide headquarters for any business looking to expand its operations.”
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