More flights to South Africa could be added by Air France, while Fly Emirates is also due to increase the number of services it runs to the country.

Air France may be considering recommencing flights to Cape Town for the first time in ten years after last year’s boom in tourism, a South African news site has claimed.

The Independent Online says that the move is being considered by Air France commercial director in southern Africa, Ralf Karsenbarg.

Last year’s Football World Cup proved to be a major boon to South African tourist numbers, with minister of tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk announcing earlier this month that visitor numbers were up 15.1 per cent in 2010.

“We are delighted with these strong growth figures, particularly as it comes so soon after a global economic recession,” he said.

Air France currently flies to Johannesburg on a daily basis, while its partner airline KLM regularly runs daily non-stop flights to Cape Town.

Arab giant Fly Emirates is already due to add a second daily service at the end of this month, taking its total number of flights to South Africa to six per day.

Written by Ruth Norris

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