Fly Blue Crane touched down in Mthatha on 1 October and was greeted with a water arch salute as it taxied to stand. The carrier will link the South African regional airport with Johannesburg 12 times weekly, facing direct competition from South African Airways’ thrice-daily operation.
- Fly Blue Crane commenced flights between Johannesburg (JNB) and Mthatha (UTT) on 1 October. The 600-kilometre South African domestic connection will be flown by the carrier 12 times weekly on its ERJ 145 fleet. Competition on the route comes in the form of South African Airways which already provides a thrice-daily operation. “I think what we are offering is an alternative for travellers who are flying to Mthatha with a product which is good and at a reasonable fare. I think that is important because we are trying to encourage more people to fly,” commented Fly Blue Crane CEO Sizakele Mzimela, in reference to offering an alternative service to passengers who have only had the option of using South African before. Mthatha becomes the third route which the airline operates from Johannesburg, with it already linking the city to Bloemfontein and Kimberley. It also links the latter two destinations to Cape Town. See how Mthatha Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.