Besides shaving hours off travel times between Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa, Air Côte d’Ivoire’s new service to OR Tambo fills acritical gap in connectivity between the two destinations. Air Côte d’Ivoire’s long-awaited service between Abidjan and OR Tambo Johannesburg finally launches tomorrow, filling a void created by SAA’s exit from the route in 2020.  

The carrier will deploy a 148-seat A320neo for flights that operate four times a week. Rotations from OR Tambo will be every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; for the seven and half hour flight that will also include a stop-over in Kinshasa, on both the inbound and outbound legs. The service will connect OR Tambo to Air Cote d’Ivoire’s 16 destinations in West Africa while also saving travelers’ between the two points lengthy layovers at hubs in Nigeria, Ethiopia or Rwanda.  

Air Côte d’Ivoire chief executive Laurent Loukou says the new route “..will make it easier for business to happen, in a continent that is economically integrating and “is open for business.”  Loukou added that the service was timed to provide lift between the two points ahead of the Intra-African Trade Fair that Côte d’Ivoire will host in November 2023. 

The service was initially planned for launch last October but was pushed back to June 2022, amidst the uncertainty caused by Covid-19 and associated travel restrictions.  

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