Nordwind Airlines is planning to launch commercial operations to South Africa; however, the airline cannot legally fly to South Africa due to US and European sanctions. Recently the airline management were in talks with the South African authorities to allow direct services between Moscow and Johannesburg. According to sources, Aeroflot was also in the fray to begin direct flights, but South African authorities ultimately opted for Nordwind. The airline will operate four flights a week between Russia and South Africa, which would also include a weekly service to Cape Town, to boost Russian tourism. In the recent quote given to

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