British Airways launches new direct route from UK to South Africa's Durban
British Airways has announced that it’s expanding its flight network, this time with a new route to one of South Africa’s popular holiday hotspots; the bustling city of Durban.
The airline will be offering a new direct city to the hotspot, departing from London Heathrow.
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “Durban’s warm water, hot summers and laid-back beachy 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.”
It’s a big milestone for the brand as it’s the only non-stop link between Europe and Durban currently on offer, not to mention it adds to their South Africa portfolio which already includes Johannesburg and Cape Town .
The flights, operating on the airline’s new Boeing 787-8 fleet, will be launching on Monday 29th October but you can already book your tickets on the British Airways website here , with Economy return fares starting from £599pp.
Brits are being told “With its seafront location, Durban has long been a firm favourite with beach-goers thanks to its picture-perfect sandy beaches sitting on the Golden Mile, where you’ll find waters that are ideal for a dip and bustling bars and restaurants nearby.
“Then of course there’s so much to see and do in the heart of the city itself whether you want to check out the museums and stadiums, wander around the botanical gardens, or treat the kids to a day out at the theme parks.”
British Airways isn’t just offering up flights to the city – it’s also billing a launch offerings of Durban holiday packages including a five-night stay at the five-star Oyster Box in November, from £1299pp including return flights, accommodation and breakfast.
The new route is all part of a wider £4.5 billion, five-year investment plan for the brand, which includes projects such as the introduction of 72 new aircraft and updates of its cabins.