CemAir commenced flights between Johannesburg and Richards Bay on 29 May, with the South African regional airline taking over the route due from SA Express which has recently been grounded. The first CemAir flight received a water arch salute on its arrival, with the carrier planning to serve the domestic 476-kilometre route 12 times weekly.
- CemAir step into the shoes of grounded SA Express on 29 May, starting flights on the South African domestic link between Johannesburg (JNB) and Richards Bay (RCB). This becomes the regional operator’s seventh service from Johannesburg, with it also adding Kimberley to its network from South Africa’s largest city on 28 May. Along with Kimberley and Richards Bay, CemAir operates regular scheduled non-stop flights from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein, Hoedspruit, Margate, Plettenberg Bay and Sishen Kathu. Like Richards Bay, Kimberley services were started due to the grounding of SA Express, with CemAir planning to serve this route 21 times weekly. The 476-kilometre link between Johannesburg and Richards Bay will be operated 12 times weekly, with a twice-daily rotation occurring on weekdays, while a daily service will be operated on Saturdays and Sundays. All flights are scheduled to be served using the carrier’s fleet of 19-seat Beechcraft 1900s, of which it presently has 10. With the two new additions to its Johannesburg network, the South African regional airline will operate 88 weekly flights from the nation’s largest airport this summer. See how Richards Bay Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.