Virgin Atlantic will introduce a direct route from London Heathrow to Cape Town from the 25th of October 2020, Cape Town Air Access announced yesterday.
Cape Air Access is a partnership between Wesgro, the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government, Airports Company of South Africa, Cape Town Tourism and South African Tourism and is the hub for international air route development in the Western Cape.
Liezl Gericke, Head of Africa, Middle East and India, at Virgin Atlantic said the daily service will enhance a critical link between Cape Town and Heathrow as well as provide seamless connections via Heathrow to Europe and North America.
Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro commented: “The UK is the top market for Cape Town and the Western Cape, in terms of both trade and travel, so this addition to the Cape Town air route network will only serve to strengthen business and tourism between the regions.”
The increased air access will also make a significant impact on jobs and growth as 3 000 jobs are supported by each regularly scheduled long-haul flight, and for every 10 percent increase in passenger numbers, the regional economy grows by two percent.
Virgin Atlantic last served Cape Town in 2015 when the route was axed during the last network review.