Rwandan flag carrier, RwandAir, introduced a fifth direct weekly flight to Harare from Cape Town last month, according to the airline’s South African Sales Manager, Sarah-Jane Silburn.

This follows the successful introduction of four direct Cape Town-Harare flights in May last year. “This now means we fly out of Cape Town Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays,” said Sarah-Jane.

She says there is a mix of leisure and business travel on the route. “As RwandAir operates the only direct flights between Cape Town and Harare, this allows passengers the quickest and most convenient way between the cities.”

Cape Town’s tourism, investment and trade promotion agency, Wesgro, has welcomed the additional flight, with CEO, Tim Harris, highlighting that in the first two months since the flights were launched in May last year, there was a 46% growth in two-way passengers between the two cities.

“We look forward to an increase in tourism, trade and investment between Cape Town, Harare and Kigali, which we believe will be facilitated through increased capacity for both passengers and cargo.”

RwandAir operates the Boeing 737-700/800 on the route, with 16 seats in business class and 138 in economy.

While there were “challenging circumstances”, the market was resilient, said Sarah-Jane.

“A lot of people still travel to visit family and friends as well as do business.” She said there was an attitude of “the show must go on” among South African travellers.