For the first time since 1999, Cape Town International Airport will receive a direct route with the USA. The news was announced late on Monday 15 April, stating that United Airlines plans to launch a direct flight between Cape Town and Newark Liberty International Airport this December. The route is only due to run during the South African summer season at first between December and March, but that could change and it could become a year-round service.
The direct flight would take roughly 16 hours and could save passengers at least four hours of travel time.
The new route will be United’s first to the African continent, marking a return to direct travel between Cape Town and the United States.
The flight would depart from Cape Town just before 9PM three times a week, using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that can carry 252 passengers.”