BA to cut JHB flights but still increase capacity with A380

2013-10-02 07:30
Johannesburg - British Airways plans to introduce a new schedule on its Johannesburg route when it brings in the A380 in February - but the airline says it won’t limit connections.

Travel Buyers reports passengers will not be compromised as the airline's decision to put its newest and largest aircraft onto the Johannesburg route is to increase capacity in response to increased demand.

Gavin Halliday, BA gm for Africa and Europe, said that despite decreasing the number of flights, with the introduction of the A380, capacity would be increased.

He also stressed the move can be seen as a refinement of the schedule and BA would preference the earlier slots to allow passengers to transfer to further destinations.

The airline currently operates 17 weekly flights on the Johannesburg route.  The airline will move towards a double-daily schedule, with a total of 14 flights a week in February.

At this stage, there are no plans to introduce an A380 on the Cape Town route as the demand is mostly seasonal and would require a year-round need to justify the use of the bigger aircraft.


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