Accessibility between Cape Town and London is set to improve for the 20/21 summer season.
Virgin Atlantic has just announced it will reintroduced its seasonal service between the two cities from October 2020. The airline last flew to the Mother City in 2015.
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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The VS478 will operate as a night flight departing Heathrow at 16:20 arriving into Cape Town at 05:55 whereas the inbound, the VS479, will depart at 08:00 landing later that day at 18:00.
The Cape Town flights will be operated on Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft, offering customers the airline’s award-winning Upper Class, Premium and Economy Light, Classic and Delight cabins.
Virgin Atlantic offers a full onboard service in each of its cabins, providing complimentary food, drink and over 300 hours of entertainment across films, TV and music channels. All the airlines 787-9 are fully equipped with Wi-Fi, allowing customers to stay connected throughout their flight.
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Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) has seen robust improvement in route connectivity last year, establishing 16 new routes and the expanding 22 existing routes.
The Cape Town Air Access in turn added over 750 000 inbound seats Cape Town’s network, doubling international seat capacity at the airport and contributing an estimated US$400 million in direct tourism spending to the economy.
Liezl Gericke, Head of Africa, Middle East and India, at Virgin Atlantic says, “I am thrilled of the reintroduction of this popular route; it will make it even easier for our customers to travel for business and leisure between South Africa and the United Kingdom – as well provide seamless connections via Heathrow to Europe and North America”.
Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says, “South Africa has set an ambitious target of reaching 21 million international tourist arrivals by 2030. Travellers are more inclined to choose destinations with ease of access especially air access. It is within this context that we welcome Virgin Atlantic’s decision to reintroduce flights from London to Cape Town.
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"United Kingdom is one of our key tourist source market and we believe that an additional direct flight route from this market will hugely contribute towards us reaching our 2030 goal as it will transport more tourists to our shores.”