On Wednesday, June 29, Air Côte d’Ivoire made its maiden flight to Johannesburg. The I3RC A320neo arrived in the South African metropolis around 07:40 (05:40 UTC). From now on, the company will operate this destination, with a short stopover in Kinshasa, 4 times a week. It is the only direct flight from Abidjan-Johannesburg since South African Airways abandoned the flight two years ago.
as reported from Abidjan, Peter Pinto
For just under 1,000 euros, it is now possible to connect Abidjan to Johannesburg, with a stopover in Kinshasa, in eight hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. And in the other direction, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday mornings. Until now, it took between thirteen and twenty hours, depending on whether you chose Asky, Ethiopian Airlines or especially Kenya Airways, with long connections each time.
This link project, which had been in Air Côte d’Ivoire’s plans since 2019, had to be put on hold with the pandemic, but it had been resumed by the South African president’s visit to Abidjan in December 2021. Alassane Ouattara and Cyril Ramaphosa had called for Ivorian or South African investors to come and take advantage of the business opportunities offered by their respective countries.
Will this service be profitable? By 2020, South African Airways had abandoned it. But Air Côte d’Ivoire expects the strong Congolese community in South Africa to quickly make a profit on at least the Kinshasa-Johannesburg part.
Another link to Guinea-Bissau This month, the Ivorian company also opened the Abidjan-Bissau line. A more “political” connection than, decided by the Ivorian and Bissau-Guinean heads of state. Air Côte d’Ivoire should also serve Cape Verde in October and Morocco in November.
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