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UK carrier Virgin Atlantic is returning to the South African market by reintroducing flights between Cape Town and London. This was announced by its founder, business tycoon Richard Branson, who was in the mother city last weekend.

“Who wouldn’t want to come to Cape Town? It is the most special place in the world. The challenge for us now is to try and get it so we can come 12 months out of the year,” he said. Business Intern.

Branson was joined by Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis who also shared the news on Twitter.

The aviation industry suffered massive financial losses in early 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Home affairs immigration laws forced Virgin Atlantic to halt flights between Cape Town and London in 2015, but it resumed flights in February 2020, a month before a number of countries including Africa of the South, are brought under control.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: FLIGHTS FROM CAPE TOWN TO LONDON

  • Virgin Atlantic will start flying between Cape Town and London on November 5, 2022
  • Night flights will depart London Heathrow International Airport at 4:20 p.m. and arrive in the mother city at 6:00 a.m. The return route will depart at 07:50 and land later in the day at 17:45
  • Daily service operates on a Boeing 787-9
  • Return flights will start at just over R14,000

“The aircraft has three classes, Upper Class, Premium and Economy offering different experiences for customers as well as the airline’s world-renowned social space. The new winter service runs until 24and March 2022 and will complement the existing year-round daily service to Johannesburg,” Virgin Atlantic said in a statement.

That of the carrier Commercial Director Juha Jarvinen said he was delighted to be back on the road to Cape Town and London.

“Although a little later than we would have liked due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this decision reflects the fact that travel is recovering and that global demand for holidays to sunny and high-end destinations is returning. on the beat. We expect a high proportion of leisure travelers on this route who will rightfully soak up the winter sun, explore world famous wine regions and soak up the rich culture this incredible country has to offer,” said Jarniven. .