BA announces increased flight schedules

2013-06-12 10:59
Cape Town -  British Airways has added three additional frequencies to Johannesburg on top of the existing double-daily schedule, totally a 17 flights to and from South Africa.

Gavin Halliday, general manager for Africa and Europe made the announcement at a briefing in Cape Town, expressing the airlines commitment to passenger flexibility with its service offering. 

In addition to this the airline has also increase its West African schedule, adding a fourth weekly flight to Sierra Leone and Liberia with service set to commence from 31 October, with tickets already on sale on

The announcement comes just nine months after the airline started operating on the routes and will add 33% more capacity to between Freetown, Monrovia and London. The flight will arrive at Terminal 5 on at 16:00 on a Friday evening, allowing same-day connections to Washington; saving the need for an overnight transit and visa.

“It is unusual to add more flights so soon after starting a new route, but we’re responding to strong demand in these fast-growing West-African economies. In scheduling the flight we’ve taken into account feedback from our customers about onward connections and on which days they’d prefer to fly” says Gavin Halliday, general manager for Africa and Europe.

He says that British Airways has substantially increased its African network adding three destinations and 21 services since acquiring bmi just over a year ago. It also recently announced an increase in its schedule to Marrakech from daily to 10 flights a week and a third weekly service to Agadir. These services start at the end of October.

In East and Southern Africa it has upped the Nairobi frequencies to eight a week.

“The acquisition of bmi has enabled us to expand our flying programme in Africa to serve 18 routes in 15 countries. We now fly to more places, more often than we ever have before in the 80 years we have served the continent. These flights link growing African destinations to London and provide onward connections to the world’s business capitals,” says Halliday.

Passengers to Cape Town International can also expect a refurbishment of BA's lounges, similar to its offering in Terminal 5, due for completion in October 2013.

For more information on British Airways’ African network and timetables visit

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