British Airways has declared to introduce new direct jetliners to fly to Durban which would commence this coming winter. Starting from October 29, BA has introduced thrice-weekly service to leave Heathrow on every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at around 1545 and would reach King Shaka International airport at Durban the next day at 0535. While returning, it would depart at 0735 from the South African city on every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday and arrive London at around 1745. B787-8 Dreamliner aircraft will be used to provide the new direct service.
Previously, between 1981 and 1999, the carrier used to provide only one-stop flight to Durban via Johannesburg. It has been stated that the newly introduced route would be the only direct service flying between Durban and Europe.
The recent route to Durban complements the airline’s prevalent winter flights between Cape Town and Gatwick and year-round jetliners between Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The airline also works in association with Comair that provides flight services between Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban as well as it also provides services to six other destinations across Sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.
Alex Cruz, Chairman and CEO of British Airlines stated, ‘The comfortable temperature of Durban comprising hot summers, warm water and rejuvenating beachy environment makes it an ideal travel destination for travelers. The culture, adventure, historic sites, nature reserves, art scenes, tempting food makes this coastal city a worthy hotspot.’