Virgin Atlantic has today (February 12) announced a resumption of its popular service to Cape Town.
The airline will offer a seasonal flying programme to the South African city with flights starting on October 25 – the route will be flown by a Boeing 787-9. The outbound service VS478 will operate as a night flight departing Heathrow at 16:20 arriving into Cape Town at 05:55 whereas the inbound, the VS479, will depart at 08:00 landing later that day at 18:00.
The route to the ‘Mother City’ originally began in 1999 but was dropped in April 2015 after an operational review which also included the cessation of flights to Tokyo and Vancouver. British Airways is the only other airline to fly between Heathrow and Cape Town – South African Airways ended their flights to the city in April 2012.
Juha Jarvinen, Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “2020 is an extremely exciting year of continued growth for Virgin Atlantic. Not only are we launching a new service to Sao Paulo in March but we’re delighted to announce a new seasonal service to Cape Town offering more choice for our customers than ever before.”
“We’re delighted to be flying to Cape Town again – we’re expecting a high proportion of leisure travellers on this route taking advantage of the winter sun, the safaris and of course, the world-famous wine region.”