US travel numbers to South Africa greater than ever before, reports United Airlines

The number of US visitors to South Africa is now higher than it was in 2019, the last year before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, United Airlines director sales continental Europe, India, Israel, Africa & Middle East Thorsten Lettnin tells Engineering News, in an exclusive interview. In 2022, the total number of travellers to South Africa from the US was some 350 000, a number on par with that for visitors to South Africa from the UK. “Since Covid, we have seen stronger demand on our South Africa routes,” he reports. “We think this is a new normality. It’s very good for United. We’re a major facilitator of US tourism to, and trade with, South Africa. We’re really happy. Interestingly, on the business travel side, smaller companies have come back to air travel faster that the big businesses.”

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