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    Virgin Atlantic resumes CPT to London route: What you need to know

    British carrier Virgin Atlantic is re-introducing flights between Cape Town and London this year. This was announced by its founder, business tycoon Richard Branson, who was in the Mother City this past weekend.

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

    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 some massive financial losses in early 2020, at the start 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 the flights in February 2020, a month before a number of countries, including South Africa, were placed under lockdown.

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    • Virgin Atlantic will start flying between Cape Town and London on 5 November 2022
    • The night flights will depart London’s Heathrow International Airport at 16:20 and arrive in the Mother City at 06:00. The return route will depart at 07:50 and  land later that day at 17:45
    • The daily service operates on a Boeing 787-9 aircraft 
    • Return flights will start at just over R14 000

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

    The carrier’s Chief Commercial Officer Juha Jarvinen said they were excited about resuming the Cape Town and London route.

    “Although a little later than we we’d have liked due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the move reflects the fact that travel is recovering and global demand for holidays to sunny, premium destinations is returning at pace. We’re expecting a high proportion of leisure travellers on this route who will rightly be taking advantage of the winter sun, exploring the world-renowned wine regions and soaking up the rich culture this incredible country has to offer,” Jarniven said. 

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