BA to launch direct flights between Cape Town and Gatwick

2016-03-30 11:12 - Selene Brophy
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British Airways is set to launch three direct flights from Gatwick to Cape Town, starting 24 November. 

The airline confirmed flights will depart Gatwick at 18:00 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and will arrive in Cape Town at 07:50 the following morning. 

Edward Frost, British Airways’ commercial manager for South and East Africa, says Cape Town regularly features amongst the airline’s top 10 leisure destinations and that it was always the plan for the airline to increase capacity as soon as the opportunity presented itself.  

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The three new services will add a total of 825 seats a week between London and Cape Town."

"Cape Town’s existing reputation for natural beauty, world-renowned wines and exceptional cuisine, along with the excellent work done to promote the destination have provided that chance and we’ve seized it," said Frost.

“For our Cape Town customers the additional capacity will be welcome and Gatwick provides a great alternative, particularly for leisure customers as it is a well-established holiday gateway.”

"Already the only airline to serve Cape Town directly from London year-round, from 24 November it will be the only carrier to offer customers on the route a choice of two UK airports."

The added direct flight route access is undoubtedly convenient for travellers, and also represents economic spin-offs for the city. In February Wesgro, the Investment and Trade Promotion Agency for the Western Cape, officially launched Cape Town Air Access - aimed at international air route development in the province.

A collaboration between the Western Cape Provincial Government, the City of Cape Town, Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), Cape Town Tourism, Wesgro and the private sector the body has been working together since 2015 to link Cape Town to major global hubs.

Successes to date include:

- Ethiopian Airlines started a six times a week direct return flight from Addis Ababa, plus two additional direct flights by Ethiopian Airlines on a 787-8 from 1 February.

- Turkish Airlines connects Cape Town to Istanbul on a non-stop daily connection since the end of October 2015

- KLM to increase its frequencies to a year-round daily flight from Amsterdam 

- SA Airlink flight to Maun Botswana – 5 flights a week, which starts on 11 March

-  Thomas Cook will operate 3 direct flights from Gatwick to Cape Town with an Airbus 330 in the next summer season.

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