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.
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.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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