Daily flights bewteen Durban and Ulundi

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      28 September 2012     

MEDIA RELEASE

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Federal Air now flies daily between Durban and Ulundi

 

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Business people will be able to fly directly to Ulundi from Virginia airport every week day from 1 October 2012. The announcement was made this week by the Mayor of Zululand District, Cllr Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi. She said the direct link between Durban and Ulundi would make travel safer and quicker:

"The daily flights make it possible to reach Durban in forty minutes. We have been working towards this since we completed the multi-million upgrade of our airport at Ulundi and launched the first route to link our district with Msunduzi. Now our people will be able to reach the major business hubs in the province every day of the week with flights from Virginia airport to Ulundi and flights to Oribi airport in Pietermaritzburg. Time is money in business and car travel cuts out a big part of a business person's day. We want our district to be connected by air so that our economy can continue to flourish."

The opening up of this important new flight route to Durban has been driven by the rapid commercial growth in Ulundi. Creating transport linkages is a priority for the Zululand district, not only for business but also for tourism. The new tarred road to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is only 25 minutes from the airport and the aims is to increase tourism through the district and offer an entirely new fly-in experience. 

KaMagwaza-Msibi said:  "For too long our district has been cut off from the mainstream tourism flow. We are the heart of the Zululand Kingdom. The Opathe-Emakhosini Heritage Park is a cultural jewel, a place where Zulu families can come and rediscover their heritage. In a few months we will also have a fully operational tourism hub at our airport. So come fly with us! With your support we can continue to increase travel through the skyways."

Funding from provincial government made possible a multimillion rand upgrade at the Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Airport at Ulundi. The civil and procedural upgrades which have brought the airport back to the world class aviation standards include relaying of the main runway, upgrading of fire and rescue equipment and installation of the all-weather navigational instrumentation. The daily shuttle between Ulundi and Pietermaritzburg was launched in April this year in order to provide quicker access for government officials.

Troy Reiser, Managing Director of Federal Airlines:  Federal Air is proud to be a partner in these ground breaking initiatives by the provincial and district government, to bring airlift to these vital centres in the region.  The air shuttle service between Virginia Airport, Pietermaritzburg and Ulundi is a unique concept, and will provide much needed accessibility to Business People and Tourists in the area."  Passengers can book via Fedair on 033 346 2580 or online www.fedair.com

About Federal Air:

Federal Air has over 20 years of experience in aviation across Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. With the largest and most flexible private air charter fleet in Southern Africa; taking guests to the most beautiful and remote parts of Africa is our specialty. Federal Air offers guests a unique and seamless travel experience; where every guest deserves first class treatment. The range of specialist Aviation Services offered are:
• Air Shuttle Services to Premium Safari Destinations;
• Scheduled Services to remote destinations; and
• Executive Charter and Contract Services.

ENDS

For more information contact:

Lesley Schroeder- McLean, Aviation Consultant, Zululand District Municipality; 083 6521164
Zululand District Municipality: Chris Sosibo, Office of the Mayor; csosibo@zululand.org.za
Federal Air: Jackie Reiser, Marketing & Communication; 011 395 9000 / jackie.reiser@fedair.com