BA to grow Cape Town services


British Airways will increase its services from London to Cape Town, South Africa, by three flights a week from May 2014, offering 657 additional seats a week and expanding total capacity to over 12,000 seats next winter.

The airline currently operates double-daily services to Cape Town between October and March, the busy Cape summer season, and reverting to a daily service during the southern hemisphere winter, when demand typically declines.

Now it will expand the winter schedule, introducing three Boeing 777-200ERs a week, with each able to accommodate 219 customers in four cabins.

BA is also building a new lounge in Cape Town, modelled on its Galleries lounges at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5, which will open by the end of the year.

In other BA news, the airline has completed the rollout of a new £100 million First Class cabin. In-flight catering has also been improved in every cabin and a new in-flight entertainment system is being fitted to its new World Traveller and World Traveller Plus cabins. This gives customers 50% more choice of movies and doubles the range of television and radio options.

The Cape Town frequency announcement follows confirmation that British Airways will start operating its largest and most modern aircraft, the A380, to Johannesburg from mid-February next year (see story here).