BA increases flights from London to Cape Town

Posted by Elise Kirsten on 14 February 2020

British Airways has announced that it is increasing its services between London and Cape Town by adding two extra flights a week, from January next year.

Boeing 777-200 aircraft will be used for the added service which will operate from Gatwick, using in a three-cabin configuration.

The total number of flights British Airways operates from Gatwick to Cape Town will increase from three to five from January 2021 and the total number of flights between London and the Cape Town will be upped to 19 per week.

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.

British Airways is the only airline to offer year-round direct services between London and the Mother City.

The schedule increase comes as British Airways rolls out a £6.5 billion, five-year customer investment plan. As well as taking delivery of 73 new aircraft, it is also refurbishing its long-haul cabins, so they look and feel new. This includes the Boeing 777 fleet at London Gatwick, which has the new-generation World Traveller and World Traveller Plus seats.

It has also significantly refurbished its lounge at OR Tambo, redesigning it so it can comfortably host 247 customers and with a dedicated boutique dining space for First customers.

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


Image: British Airways

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