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British Airways launches extra flights to Cape Town, St Lucia and Cancun

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By an amazing coincidence, one day after Virgin Atlantic announced its new route to Cape Town, British Airways has announced an extra Cape Town service.

There will be an additional two flights per week from London Gatwick to Cape Town, starting on 10th January.

This takes the number of weekly British Airways flights from London to Cape Town to 19, on top of the 14 BA flights to Johannesburg and the three weekly services to Durban.

British Airways launches additional Cape Town flight from Gatwick

This is not necessarily overkill, because Cape Town was a route also served by Thomas Cook before its demise.  It is possible that both BA and Virgin can make a success of their flights, although the lack of full fare Business Class traffic – as opposed to leisure travellers in flat beds on £1,750 sale deals – may prove to be an issue.

British Airways also announced two other frequency increases yesterday:

St Lucia gains an additional flight on Wednesday and Saturday.  No dates were given, but the implication is that the service will simply continue to operate nine times per week when the Summer timetable ends in October, rather than dropping down to seven as it does usually.

Cancun gains an additional weekly service, on Sundays, from 6th December.  This will take the number of weekly flights up to six.

Both of these routes operate from London Gatwick.

It isn’t clear where the aircraft are coming from to operate these new services.  BA has some flexibility due to the arrival of additional A350 and Boeing 777 aircraft and the ability to flex the retirement of the Boeing 747 and older Boeing 777 fleet.

PS.  If you missed it, take a look at our recent article on the top 10 reasons why I think you should get a British Airways Premium Plus American Express credit card.

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Comments (137)

  • Lily says:

    I have the basic free Amex points card (the clear plastic one) and was offered 1500 points if I spend £1700. I do have a chunk of holiday stuff to pay for so I might as well do it in March?

  • Trevor Gardiner says:

    3000 points for £3600 spend in March.

  • Secret Squirrel says:

    Anyone had luck getting 2x points from Amex Gold when calling up to cancel?

  • Delboy65 says:

    1,500MR for 3K spend 🙁

  • David says:

    Not so surprising that BA added capacity to both CUN and UVF – 2 more destrinations VS has left.

  • Mike G says:

    1500MR for £1500…well within my normal spend

  • Pangolin says:

    I’ve got the offer on both of my MR cards.

    PRG: 1,500 MR for £1,900 spend.
    ARCC: 3,000 MR for £1,900 spend.

    I did a lot of travel bookings in January so I’m all tapped out. In any case, even though the ARCC offer is better, if I was able to generate that much spend in March it would make more sense to put it on the PRG as then I’d have some chance of hitting the annual spend target (10K MR).

  • Graham says:

    We got 400MR for £400.
    Not used the card much after the signup bonus, might use it for a handful of extra points. Makes it 2 for £1 spending.