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October 05, 2012

British Airways London to Cape Town flights: Departing twice a day

From October 28, British Airways will fly twice a day from London to Cape Town. Photo courtesy happyrelm

From the end of October, British Airways will offer two flights a day from London to Cape Town. The leading United Kingdom carrier will extend its flight service to Cape Town in terms of its winter operating schedule, affording international travellers the perfect opportunity to exchange their European winter for summer in sunny South Africa.

From 28 October 2012 there will be 14 weekly flights between the two cities every week. The double-up flight service will continue until March 2013 when the schedule reverts back to seven weekly flights.

Travellers will be accommodated on a Boeing B747-400 operating according to the following daily schedule:

• London to Cape Town
Departure: 17h40; Arrival: 07h05
Departure: 19h30; Arrival: 08h55

• Cape Town to London
Departure: 20h45; Arrival: 06h30
Departure: 22h10; Arrival: 07h50

The beaches at Clifton in Cape Town are known to draw in the crowds. Photo courtesy Graeme Chruchard

It was only 80 years ago that the first flights between London and Cape Town were introduced, initially for mail only. The trips took 10 days and included travelling by flying boats, a series of aircraft and train.

Today, Cape Town holds its own as a popular holiday destination, being voted fourth most popular long-haul Christmas and New Year destination after New York, Miami and Dubai in a British Airways Pre-Christmas online poll.

The appeal of its pristine beaches make the Mother City the top beach city in Africa. It’s no wonder, since the beaches are not only visually appealing with their aqua-marine waters and mountainous backdrop, but the city also offers added attractions, such as swimming with penguins at Boulders Beach, voted one of TripAdvisor’s 10 truly unique beaches.

Away from the ocean there are attractions such as the famous Cape Winelands, where visitors relish a relaxing day of wine tasting and superb local cuisine.

See a list of flights to Cape Town.

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