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Tue, 15 May 2018

British Airways to Launch Direct Flights to Durban, South Africa

British Airways has confirmed that it will launch thrice weekly direct flights between London Heathrow and the South African city of Durban on 29 October 2018.

The service will be the only non-stop link between Europe and Durban and flights will be operated by British Airways’ newest fleet of aircraft, the Boeing 787-8.

 The timetable will have a morning arrival into Durban and an evening arrival into Heathrow.

British Airways will launch thrice weekly direct flights between London Heathrow and the South African city of Durban on 29 October 2018. Click to enlarge.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said, “Durban’s warm water, hot summers and laid-back beach atmosphere make this coastal city the perfect holiday destination. It is a gateway to many nature reserves, parks and historic sites, and has a thriving food, drink and art scene; defining the city as a must-visit for culture and adventure. Durban is also home to the busiest port in South Africa and is a large manufacturing hub, so the new route will secure another important link between the UK and the region that will be a welcome addition for business travellers.”

British Airways already operates a twice daily service from Heathrow Terminal 5 to Johannesburg and flies year-round to Cape Town every day from Terminal 3 and three times a week from Gatwick during the winter season.

British Airways has a long-standing partnership with Comair who fly direct from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Durban and six other destinations across South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

Sihle Zikalala, Minister for the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, said, “We are proud to be able to showcase the city of Durban to the world through this new British Airways direct flight, the sheer diversity in travel and business opportunities that visitors can access through this gateway into the province of KwaZulu-Natal will unlock enormous potential. Great Britain and KwaZulu-Natal share a very rich history, and we are excited to be able to rekindle that relationship with the launch of this new route. The investment and trade opportunities presented by this direct flight between Durban and London will undoubtedly add value to our economy.”

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