The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly changed the tourism landscape. Not too long ago, the United Kingdom was ranked as the Western Cape’s key tourism market as thousands of eager travellers looking to escape the clouds of Britain landed on our shores.
However, in a surprising twist, the United States has now become one of the most frequent travellers to the Mother City and United Airlines is looking to capitalise. Earlier this year, the American airline had made it known it was seeking regulatory approval to launch service between Washington Dulles and Cape Town, submitting its application to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) in March.
After months of waiting, United Airlines has been given the green light to operate its first-ever nonstop flights from the D.C area to Cape Town, as per Wtop.
The airline has been granted three weekly direct flights and is set to commence on 17 November 2022, but is subject to the South African government giving its stamp of approval.
The latest route is just one in a long list of nonstop flights United Airlines has on its “menu” with Accra, Ghana, and Lagos just a few African cities included.
United Airlines already offers nonstoAccra flights from Newark to Johannesburg.