This is an increase from its current four flights per week, and accommodates the growing demand for Cape Town as a business and leisure tourism destination.
The flights will be operated by a 253-seat A350-900, with 42 seats in business class, 24 in premium economy and 187 in economy.
Tim Harris, Wesgro CEO, said: “This increased frequency will boost air access to Asia, the fastest growing region in the world. Singapore’s Changi Airport is a major global hub, making it easy to fly to Cape Town from anywhere in the East.
“The benefits of this connectivity is significant. Making it easier to access Cape Town by air increases the number of visitors to our shores. This will not only boost leisure tourism, a major economic contributor to the Cape economy, but will also help facilitate investment.”
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said: “Air access is a pipeline to growing our economy and creating jobs. Singapore Airlines’ decision to increase its frequency to our region is a show of confidence in the business and leisure tourism offering. This is the latest in a series of new and expanded direct routes, which have increased international air arrivals by 27% year-on-year. The Cape Town Air Access initiative has played a significant role in boosting air arrivals to our region, and I’d like to commend the team for their continued commitment to growing the Western Cape’s tourism sector, and tourism jobs in our region.”
The Cape Town Air Access project’s key objective is to land more direct routes to Cape Town International Airport. Its success has far exceeded expectations. In its two and a half years, it has assisted in landing 10 new routes to Cape Town and 12 route expansions. This has increased seat capacity into Cape Town International Airport by over 700 000.
As a result, the airport has shown high international growth figures, with passenger numbers up by 23% in the first nine months of 2017. The Asian market is also growing at a double-digit figures, with high growth in south-east Asia, particularly from Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.