Virgin Atlantic enhances South Africa flight itinerary
by Charlotte Flach
Virgin Atlantic is expanding its portfolio of flights to South Africa, following the country’s removal from the red list.
Daily flights to Johannesburg will resume from November 8, with flights to Cape Town restarting on December 17.
Last week, bookings to the region soared by 150% in 24 hours as a result of the Government’s updated travel advice.
Flights from Heathrow to Johannesburg will increase from three times a week to a daily service. The relaunch of the airline’s Heathrow to Cape Town service is also being brought forward, following a huge surge in customer demand, and will operate three times weekly.
Flights are available to book now from £478pp return to Johannesburg and Cape Town services go on sale from October 16 from £578pp return.
Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, said: “We know there’s pent up customer demand for travel to South Africa, which is reflected in our recent bookings surge, so I’m thrilled we can offer our customers more services to both Johannesburg and Cape Town.
“We’re expecting a high proportion of leisure travellers on these routes, taking advantage of the winter sun, the safaris and of course, the world-famous wine region.”
Virgin Atlantic offers unlimited free date and flight changes for new bookings and the rebooking horizon has been extended for all customers until April 30, 2023.