Eswatini, Africa’s final absolute monarchy, is about to launch a flag-carrier airline virtually 1 / 4 of a century after the earlier one ceased operations within the nation previously generally known as Swaziland.

Eswatini Air will fly from nationwide capital Mbabane to cities corresponding to Johannesburg and Cape City in neighbouring South Africa beginning later this yr, Qiniso Dhlamini, chief government officer of holding firm Royal Eswatini Nationwide Airways Corp., stated in a press release.

The state-owned firm has purchased two Embraer SA 145 regional jets to kickstart providers, that are being painted in a livery together with a brand that includes a bateleur eagle.

Eswatini Air will increase connectivity within the area after the grounding of South Africa’s Mango, which is in chapter safety and awaiting authorities funds. The capability scarcity was uncovered final month when Comair Ltd., operator of low-cost Kulula and native British Airways flights, was idled for 5 days amid security issues, resulting in rocketing costs and chaos at airports.

The brand new service succeeds Royal Swazi Nationwide Airways, which ceased flying in 1999. Flights to Mbabane have since been operated by a three way partnership between the federal government and South Africa’s Airlink, a partnership that has now been disbanded.

Airlink will proceed to function the Johannesburg-Mbabane route independently, CEO Rodger Foster stated in a press release. The service can even supply to rehire staff for the partnership, which was known as Eswatini Airlink.

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