From October 29, British Airways will be begin flying three times weekly direct from London Heathrow to Durban. The service will be the only non-stop link between Europe and Durban and will be operated by the airline’s newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
Return fares from Durban will start from R11 679. Flights depart London Heathrow at 15h45 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in Durban at 05h35 the following day. The return flight departs Durban at 07h35 on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving at London Heathrow at 17h45.
Sue Petrie, British Airways Commercial Manager in Southern Africa, says the direct flights should help grow international tourism to KwaZulu-Natal.
The route expansion comes as British Airways rolls out a £4.5bn, five-year customer investment plan, with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all its customers.
On its South African routes, it has already introduced new bedding and amenity kits in the Club World Cabin by luxury lifestyle brand, the White Company. The investment will also see a new Club World seat in the future.
At Heathrow, it has opened a First Wing check-in area with direct security and lounge access. Lounges around the world are being revamped, including Johannesburg and Nairobi.
In World Traveller, new expanded menus have been introduced, providing more quantity and quality in the long-haul economy cabin, as well as snack options throughout the flight.
New World Travellers and World Traveller Plus cabins are being rolled out in the Boeing 777 fleet operating out of Gatwick. It is these aircraft that will fly to Cape Town during the South African summer.