Jo'burg 29 October 2007. Today marks the first day of increased flights from Lanseria International Airport for funky airline kulula.com. The Cape Town service has been increased from one flight to three flights per day return. The airline today also launches flights to Durbs and PE starting with two flights and one return flight per day respectively.
Says Gidon Novick, the airline's joint CEO, "Already the Durbs route looks to be a popular destination from Lanseria with passenger loads forecast in excess of 85%. Our new flights will increase our scheduled departures from Lanseria by over 80% and we anticipate these numbers to increase even further once our travel portal is up and running."
The recently announced travel portal, an enhanced website for the airline is a comprehensive, real time gateway to domestic and regional travel and tourism. This will enable customers to source and book all aspects of their holidays and business trips through one website.
Novick adds, "kulula.com is the first African airline to make extensive use of a secondary airport as part of it's business model. Offering flights to and from this well situated gateway confirms our commitment to create simplicity, ease and convenience for all our fans."
Gavin Sayce, Lanseria's airport manager adds, "air travel in South Africa is definitely on the increase and we're proud to be able to ease congestion and to provide travellers with a viable alternative to other airports."
kulula.com is planning several other new routes from Lanseria using its stylish new fleet of fuel-efficient Boeing 737-400s which will replace the older fuel-inefficient MD-82s. The airline will acquire ten of these new babies by the end of this year; each in its own unique livery and has already taken delivery of three.
Notes to editor:
- The schedule details above refer to flights on weekdays (Mon- Fri). Flights on the weekend have a slightly different time table
- kulula.com began operating from Lanseria over a year ago
About Lanseria International Airport
Lanseria is a privately owned airport located 30 minutes from the Sandton CBD, and is Jo'burg's second international airport. Home to 80% of corporate aircraft in SA, Lanseria was officially opened in 1974.
Lanseria is proud of the fact that when former President Nelson Mandela was released from prison he first set foot on Gauteng soil at Lanseria.
In order to gear up for the increase in kulula.com operations, Lanseria is doubling its current undercover parking facilities. Lanseria is also making space for kulula's green flying machines by creating a bigger apron area in front of the terminal building.