Airlink eyes flights to Bhisho
Blue SkywayThe initiative forms part of the department's Blue Skyway Aviation Strategy, which seeks to attract investment to the Bhisho and Mthatha Airports. The department intends to have a second airline between Mthatha and Johannesburg, including an evening flight, while a future link to Durban from Mthatha is envisaged as soon as the correct type of service is developed. The provincial government also aims to link Port Elizabeth to Mthatha via Bhisho to allow faster movement between these three areas and to reduce the number of government vehicles on these routes.
Wild Coast accessThis aim is also to boost tourism in the region by improving access to the Wild Coast, a popular tourist destination. The airport will also contribute to local business development, with people coming directly to Mthatha instead of having to fly to East London and then drive for three hours. "Our doors are wide open for any investor that wants to come forward and add value to this project," said provincial transport minister Gloria Barry. SAinfo reporter
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