Emirates expands flights in South Africa

UAE-based airline Emirates has announced the expansion of its operations in and out of South Africa, boosting its schedule to 28 weekly flights by October.

This is the airline’s largest weekly schedule to South Africa since the start of the pandemic, it said.

“The ramp-up of operations will see double daily flights to Johannesburg, including the introduction of Emirates’ iconic A380 on one of the daily flights, in addition to daily services to both Cape Town and Durban.

“The new frequencies and capacity increases across all of the airline’s gateways in South Africa are effective from 31 October 2021.”

From 1 January 2022, Emirates said it would also service Johannesburg with double daily A380 services.

These will include first-class private suites, a luxurious shower spa, an onboard lounge, and spacious seating in Economy and Premium Economy class cabins, it said.

Emirates’ flight schedule expansion comes in response to a surge in customer demand to Dubai as tourist visas have opened up for all nationalities, in addition to the easing of restrictions across some destinations that now allow quarantine-free entry for South Africans.

The airline said it is also firmly committed to supporting South Africa’s tourism industry’s recovery by facilitating enhanced connectivity for international visitors into the country.


South African travellers visiting Dubai must present a negative Covid‑19 PCR test certificate with a QR code issued within 48 hours of collecting the sample at an approved local health facility.

Travellers to Dubai must also present a Rapid PCR test report with a QR code for a test conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure.

Passengers arriving in Dubai will be required to take another Covid‑19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International airport. All passengers transiting in Dubai must complete all the requirements of their final destination.

Further information on entry requirements can be found here.

“With the revival of the SAA partnership, Emirates is strengthening its footprint across South and southern Africa to four interline and codeshare partnerships, including Airlink, Cemair and FlySafair, boosting the airline’s route map with 79 additional codeshare and interline cities, offering its customers more flights, greater access to regional destinations, and a better experience when travelling,” it said.

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Emirates expands flights in South Africa