The Americans are coming … and we are going to Atlanta, Georgia!
Delta Airlines has has announced the launch of a direct service between Cape Town and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), the world’s busiest airport based on passenger numbers.
More than 76 million passengers travelled through the airport, a main hub for Delta Airlines, in 2021.
The Western Cape’s Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mireille Wenger, said: “More flights mean more visitors, and more visitors mean more jobs.
“Future investors are first visitors, and so this is also a wonderful opportunity to showcase the strong business offer of our destination.
“Overall, this is great news for the economy of the Western Cape and for our number one priority of growing our economy and creating jobs.”
Wesgro CEO and official spokesperson for the Cape Town Air Access project, Wrenelle Stander, added: “The United States is leading the way in terms of tourism recovery for the country. It is most promising to see Cape Town and the Western Cape getting access to this bourgeoning market.
“Not only do new routes enable increased tourism and investment, but facilitate much needed cargo capacity, enabling increased trade between our two regions.”
Delta’s Cape Town flight will operate using the airline’s new, state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 aircraft (max pax: 440). The flights will operate on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays and will allow customers to connect to multiple destinations including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Orlando and Miami via Atlanta.