The Western Cape transport sector has been quite busy over the past few weeks.

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, recently touched down for its inaugural flight to Cape Town at the Cape Town International Airport.

The new route makes provision for flights to Cape Town six times weekly and Gaborone three-times-a-week and is aimed at offering passengers more choice and flexibility, as well as facilitate trade, investment, and tourism ties between Ethiopia and the two countries.

Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris welcomed the new route saying, “The Cape Town city region has the potential to become an economic hub for Africa, but this requires building much better connectivity with the rest of our continent. The introduction of a new route like this new one to Ethiopia will open up many trade and investment opportunities for Western Cape companies in one of the fastest growing economies in Africa.”

The award is also in line with Transnet’s commitment to encourage private sector participation as a key element of the Market Demand Strategy, while at the same time playing a significant role in enhancing tourism and job creation in the Western Cape.

The fanfare had barely subsided when the long-awaited announcement from Transnet Ports Authority (TNPA) was made regarding the tender for the Cape Cruise Terminal. CEO David Green said, “The cruise terminal gives us the opportunity to extend a warm welcome to our fair city, and is important due to the first impression it will create of Cape Town,”

He said that there was great scope to improve the passenger experience upon disembarkation, and also the opportunity to work jointly with South African Tourism and cruise companies to grow tourism business.

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