The COVID-19 pandemic has not been good for business when it comes to travel, but as restrictions begin to ease, various airlines are scrambling to secure direct flights to one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world – Cape Town.
Virgin Atlantic is the latest airline to announce it will be relaunching its direct flight service between London Heathrow and Cape Town International Airport. Set to reopen in November, Sir Richard Branson is determined to get things up and running. ” We will get there,” he stated during a Virgin Atlantic event in Cape Town over the weekend, as per Business Day.
The flight service is said to take-off from 5 November 2022 and will operate daily flights between Cape Town and the UK.
The news has been welcomed by many in Cape Town, especially after two years of the tourism industry being hard-hit by heavy travel bans.
Guess who’s flying to Cape Town daily again? Welcome back, @VirginAtlantic! What a pleasure to celebrate this announcement with @richardbranson and @alanwinde this evening. pic.twitter.com/5l7CMEkLlP
— Geordin Hill-Lewis (@geordinhl) May 21, 2022
According to EWN, Virgin Atlantic had dropped its direct flight between London and Cape Town in 205 following uncertainty regarding new Home Affairs immigration regulations.
Back in 2015, Virgin Atlantic dropped its direct flight between London and Cape Town, with uncertainties around new Home Affairs immigration regulations.