Tourism Update reports that in the past years, the seasonal Cape Town-Heathrow route service kicked off with four flights a week and building up to daily flights for the peak travel period.
The airline has also improved its published schedule with the introduction of larger Airbus A340-600 equipment for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday flights from Cape Town.
This means that Virgin Atlantic will offer almost 5 000 more seats on the route than last year and over 8 000 seats more than originally planned.
Simon Newton-Smith, the Virgin Atlantic General Manager for South Africa, said they are delighted to be returning to Cape Town with daily flights from the very start of the season.
“We are returning with a larger ‘peak day’ aircraft than originally planned. The extra seats will provide a welcome boost to the Western Cape economy with the incremental income from international visitors expected to reach nearly R50m,” said Newton-Smith.
According to the South African Tourism Chief Executive Officer, Thulani Nzima, additional airlift into South Africa is always great news.
“Tourist arrivals growth to South Africa has been consistently strong and European markets are recovering well after the global recession. Virgin Atlantic’s increased capacity directly from London into Cape Town is a boost for Cape Town Tourism and is an indication of consumer confidence in our destination.” added Nzima.