African start-up Swazi Airways will begin operations from November with initial routes to Durban, Cape Town and Harare from Manzini King Mswati III International airport.

Speaking to FlightGlobal at the World Routes conference in Chengdu, the airport's marketing and corporate affairs director Sabelo Dlamini discloses the airline will be based at King Mswati III and will operate its first routes with regional, 50-seater aircraft.

He says the airline plans to start flights to Dubai and Mumbai with larger jets at a future date.

Currently the only airlines operating to the airport are Airlink, which operates a service to Johannesburg, and cargo carrier Aghaleouko which operates flights between Kenya, Swaziland and Numibia, Dlamini says.

He says the airport has been talking with Emirates with the intention of securing Dubai flights, but nothing has been confirmed.

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