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A Water Salute for new airline Lift. Photo: OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg

South Africa’s brand new airline, LIFT, has officially lifted off… and landed to a plane hero’s welcome with a water salute landing at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The airline will be flying in and out of Cape Town seven days a week.

Wesgro – Cape Town & the Western Cape – tweeted “The sky is the limit!” after the new low-cost carrier launched their first flight this morning between OR Tambo and Cape Town International Airport.

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Niel Swart said: “Today we welcomed the first commercial flight of @LiftAirlineSA to @capetownint from @ortambo_int. Welcome to Cape Town and may you have many more great years in the skies! @Airbus ZS-GAL A320.”

Lift, which is operated by Global Aviation Operations, promises a more flexible way for South Africans and tourists in the country to fly. “Change. Cance. No problem,” says the airline.

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The Western Cape Government said with Lift Airline taking its first flight that “each new business is a positive sign to locals and the international community that we are open and a great place to do business.”

OR Tambo Airport in Gauteng congratulated Lift on landing at the flagship airport. “We warmly welcome you.”

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