Not only was it voted Africa's leading destination, but air access to this KwaZulu-Natal Port city is set to receive a considerable boost at the end of October.
The airline will begin flying three times weekly direct from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 to Durban, starting on 29 October. The official announcement was made at the opening of Africa’s Travel Indaba in May of this year.
The service will be the only non-stop link between Europe and Durban, with return fares starting from about R9 310 - Click here to search flights
Timetable Winter 2018 - aircraft 787-8
BA 41 - London to Durban Depart 15:45, Arrive 05:35* Days of the week 1..4.6.
BA 40 Durban to London Depart 07:35, Arrive 17:45 Days of the week 2..5.7
Timetable Summer 2018 - Aircraft 787-8
BA 41 London to Durban - Depart 16:45, Arrive 05:35*, Days of the week 1..4.6.
BA 40 Durban to London - Depart 07:35, Arrive 18:45, Days of the Week .2..5.7
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Sue Petrie, British Airways commercial manager in Southern Africa, says the direct flights should help grow international tourism to KwaZulu-Natal and provide a more convenient alternative for the province’s business travellers and holidaymakers wanting to get to the UK and Europe.
Sihle Zikalala, MEC for the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal says, “We are proud to be able to showcase the city of Durban to the world through this new British Airways direct flight, the sheer diversity in travel and business opportunities that visitors can access through this gateway into the province of KwaZulu-Natal will unlock enormous potential.
BA’s London-based Director of Network Planning and Alliances, Sean Doyle met KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development and Tourism MEC, Sihle Zikalala, as well as officials from Dube Tradeport, EThekwini Municipality and KZN private sector executives in Durban in February for high level discussions around the feasibility of the route.
Improved customer experience
British Airways also flies twice-daily service from Heathrow to Johannesburg and daily to Cape Town year-round. It doubles the Cape Town schedule during the South African summer season and also adds three weekly flights from Gatwick.
The route expansion comes as British Airways rolls out a 4.5 billion pound, five-year customer investment plan.
On its South African routes it has already introduced new bedding and amenity kits in the Club World Cabin by luxury lifestyle brand, the White Company. The investment will also see a new Club World seat in future.
At Heathrow it has opened a First Wing check-in area with direct security and lounge access. Lounges around the world are being revamped, including Johannesburg and Nairobi.
In World Traveller new expanded menus have been introduced, providing more quantity and quality in the long-haul economy cabin, as well as snack options throughout the flight.
New World Traveller and World Traveller Plus cabins are being rolled out in the Boeing 777 fleet operating out of Gatwick. It is these aircraft that will fly to Cape Town during the South African summer.
The investment plan will also see British Airways installing the best-quality WiFi in every seat, upgrading the interiors of 128 long-haul aircraft and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft.
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