Earlier this year, United Airlines announced that it would launch the first-ever direct flight between New York City and Cape Town. The much-anticipated launch has already led to an 11% increase in ‘forward bookings’ ahead of the first flight on December 16 2019. With roughly 200 000 American tourists travelling to the Mother City annually – prior to the announcement of this new route- it’s easy to see how that’s a significant increase.
The first commercial direct flight between NYC and CT will take off from Newark Liberty International Airport in New York on December 16. United Airlines will then operate the route seasonally between December and March every year, with three flights per week.
The non-stop flight will reportedly reduce the travelling time between New York and Cape Town by four hours and will be United Airlines’ only direct route to the African continent.
Thanks to the new route coupled with the Department of Home Affairs decision to scrap unabridged birth certificates for foreign minors travelling to South Africa and the city’s recovery from it’s two and half-year drought – Cape Town can look forward to an influx of tourists this summer!