British Airways is increasing its services between London and Cape Town by two flights a week from January next year.
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.
Over the peak South African summer, British Airways also doubles its schedule between Heathrow to Cape Town, offering two daily Boeing 747 services, with four cabins, including First Class.
“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 aircrafts, 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 January 10, 2021 until March 2021. As always, members of the British Airways Executive Club can earn Avios on their British Airways booking. Avios can be spent on Reward flights, upgrades, hotels, car rental and cutting the cost of a flight. When using Avios part payment, customers can pick from a range of savings by destination and cabin and they still collect Avios and Tier Points on their bookings.