The Western Cape Government have welcomed the decision that Delta Air Lines’ application to operate a triangular route between Atlanta (USA), Johannesburg and Cape Town has finally been approved by the national government.
According to the province’s Department of Finance and Economic Opportunities, the announcement comes after an extensive correspondence, and an intergovernmental dispute process relating to how foreign operator permit applications are processed, which was initiated by the Western Cape Government.
“We regard the approval of Delta Air Lines’ application to fly a triangular route between Atlanta, Johannesburg and Cape Town as a big win and we will continue to work hard to expand “air access” because more flights mean more tourists and more tourists means more jobs in the province.
“We remain committed to increasing investment, expanding trade and scaling up tourism with the United States, and so we look forward to finally welcoming Delta Air Lines to the Western Cape,” the Department indicated.
The Department further mentioned that it remains committed to working with the national government to find solutions to the challenges they face to ensure the intergovernmental dispute process will be ongoing so that they can :
- Ensure that all foreign operator permit applications are processed in accordance with existing national policy, legislation and agreements.
- Ensure that all foreign operator permit applications are processed by the responsible person, which in this case is the Chairperson of the International Air Services Council, with administrative support from the National Department of Transport.