update (24 April 2018): Air Botswana is currently in talks with the government of Botswana to negotiate funds for the acquisition of a new aircraft to service the Gaborone <> Cape Town direct route. The service might resume within the next three month. Air Botswana's lease agreement with CemAir has expired and will not get renewed!
update (21 February 2018): etnw.co.za reports today that passengers with bookings between February 27 and May 31 will, however, be able to request full refunds!
Botswana's flag carrier, Air Botswana, has temporarily suspended its direct service between Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) in Gaborone and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. The route is being operated through a lease agreemnet with CemAir, which is grounded since 02 February 2018 due to regulatory compliance concerns. As a temporary measure, travellers booked on Air Botswana flights between Gaborone and Cape Town are now beeing rerouted via OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg at no extra cost, until a definite solution has been implemented. We'll keep you posted!