British Airways confirms additional flights to South Africa for 2021 peak season

2020-02-14 15:15
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Access to the Mother City has improved significantly for the upcoming 2021 summer season. 

British Airways has confirmed it is increasing its services between London and Cape Town by two flights a week from January next year.

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The additional services will operate from Gatwick using Boeing 777-200 aircraft in a three-cabin configuration with 32 seats in Club World, 52 in World Traveller Plus and 252 in World Traveller. This will bring to five the number of flights British Airways operates from Gatwick to Cape Town and increases its total number of flights between London and the Mother City to 19 a week.

The additional flights between Gatwick and Cape Town will operate from 10 January 2021 until 24 March 2021. 

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Over the peak South African summer (IATA winter) British Airways also doubles its schedule between Heathrow to Cape Town, offering two daily Boeing 747 services, with four cabins, including First.

“In total we’ll be offering 36 flights a week between the UK and South Africa. In addition to the 19 Cape Town services, we also fly double-daily to Johannesburg using our largest aircraft, the A380. We also fly directly between London and Durban three times a week,” says Cristina Graham, British Airways corporate commercial manager for Southern Africa.

And while British Airways is the only airline to offer year-round direct services between London and the Mother City, Virgin Atlantic has just announced its seasonal return to Cape Town. 

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The route will be adding over 80 000 seats between Cape Town and London. Seats for the new services went on sale from 18th February 2020.    

The seasonal service launches on 25th October and is in addition to Virgin's existing daily A350 service flying between Johannesburg and London Heathrow.

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