Eswatini Air opens its second route

First route to Johannesburg opened on 26 March

New Eswatini national carrier, Eswatini Air, has inaugurated its second route.

The first flight on the new route from Manzini’s King Mswati III International (SHO) to Harare (HRE) was on 14 April 2023.

The airline will be flying between SHO and HRE four times a week.

First ever flight of Eswatini Air

The Eswatini national carrier only made its first flight a few weeks ago.

The inaugural flight was on 26 March 2023 from Manzini’s King Mswati III International (SHO) to Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo (JNB).

The first Eswatini Air flight arrives at JNB to a water salute [Image: Eswati Air]

The new airline is flying the SHO – JNB route twice daily, going up to three daily from 05 May.

Two more routes from Manzini are planned to start in the next few months:

  • Cape Town, 02 June 2023
  • Durban, 05 May 2023


Eswatini Air currently has two Embraer ERJ 145s. These have 50 seats in a single class in a 1-2 layout.

The ERJ 145 is in service with 36 airlines in 26 countries.

Importance to the country

Eswatini Air will be of huge importance for the country and will help in facilitating trade and tourism development.

There is a big market for the flights as many people currently travel between Eswatini and neighbouring cities using the road due to the lack of direct services.

The new airline is starting operations with two Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft.

Internet links

Eswatini Air (RN )

Embraer ERJ 145