An application was made by United Airlines yesterday to the U.S. Department of Transportation to allow the airline to begin a new service between Newark Liberty International Airport in New York and Cape Town International Airport.

The airline plans to run nonstop flights to the Mother City three times a week from December this year.

“We are always looking at ways to expand our industry-leading international route network to offer our customers more convenient options. We’re thrilled to announce the addition of Africa to our global route offering,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president of International Network. “This new flight will provide customers with the only nonstop service between the United States and Cape Town.”

United’s nonstop service between New York or Newark and Cape Town will decrease the current travel time from one to the other by more than four hours and provide customers from more than 80 U.S. cities with easy one-stop access to Cape Town.

If approved, the service will be operated using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircrafts, featuring 48 seats in United Polaris business class, 88 seats in United Economy Plus and 116 seats in United Economy.

The new flight schedule, which is still subject to government approval, will offer flights from New York to Cape Town from December 15 2019.

This new offering will surely boost the Mother City’s tourism during its running times and introduce a larger number of visitors to our city than ever before.

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