BA to launch flights between Cape Town and UK’s Gatwick airport

British Airways will soon start operating flights between Cape Town and London’s Gatwick airport, offering three flights a week.

The decision came after a total of 40 000 UK visitors to the Western Cape was recorded in 2015.

Thomas Cook Airlines has also announced that from December 1 it will be operating three direct flights between Cape Town International and Gatwick every week.

I think we’ve had a phenomenal season despite some other pressures and the economy is responding to it and that’s really great news.

Alan Winde, Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities

Listen to the full conversation below:

We now have a second destination flying out of from the UK which adds to the mix and links to other connecting flights which makes it easier for certain people to get to Gatwick rather than Heathrow

Alan Winde, Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities

This is at the back of the Khulisa Game changer where we asked ourselves how and what are we going to be doing to stimulate the tourism growth

Alan Winde, Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities

So we set ourselves an ambitious target of getting an extra 100 000 on top of the 200 000 existing jobs in tourism…

Alan Winde, Western Cape MEC of Economic Opportunities

According to Winde there is an application underway for the realignment of the runway at the Cape Town International Airport to be able to accommodate bigger aircrafts.

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