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Virgin Reinstates Cape Town To London Flights After Five-Year Hiatus


Virgin Atlantic is launching a daily London to Cape Town service.

The airline’s chief commercial officer, Juha Jarvinen, said on Wednesday that the service would start on October 25 and use a 264-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

“Well, everyone deserves a choice. So you’ve persuaded us. We’re coming back to Cape Town! Flights start on 25th October 2020 and you can book your seat from 18th February”

An announcement on Virgin Atlantic’s website said the new route would complement the airline’s Airbus A350 daily flights between Heathrow and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

The VS478 will operate as a night flight, departing Heathrow at 4.20 pm, arriving into Cape Town at 5.55 am, whereas the inbound, the VS479, will depart at 8 am, landing later that day at 6 pm,” it said.

The website said return economy fares would start at £713 (about R13,690) and bookings would open on February 18.

“We’re delighted to be flying to Cape Town again and we’re expecting a high proportion of leisure travelers on this route, taking advantage of the winter sun, the safaris and, of course, the world-famous wine region,” said Jarvinen.

Cape Town Air Access is proud to announce the direct route from London Heathrow to Cape Town with Virgin Atlantic. The seasonal service will commence from October 2020 onwards.

Virgin scrapped its direct London to Cape Town flights in April 2015, saying it wanted to focus on key markets in the UK and US. It operated the route for two years.

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