United Airlines has submitted an application to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for three weekly non-stop flights between Washington DC and Cape Town.
United’s proposed service would begin on November 17 and continue with Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
If approved, the airline said, flights between Dulles and Cape Town will connect 55 cities in the US with SA’s mother city, accounting for more than 90% of total US Travel demand matches Cape Town.
The airline said this will benefit vital links between governments and increase communications and commerce.
Patrick Quayle, senior vice president of International Network at United and Alliances, said, “When awarded by the DOT, this historic non-stop service will greatly improve consumer travel opportunities, strengthening ties between our countries’ legislative and diplomatic epicenters ken and benefit the thriving travel and tourism industries that serve our respective countries.”
The Pr The opposite service will combine United’s existing flights to four cities in three countries in Add Africa, including Accra, Ghana, and Lagos, Nigeria. Its existing SA service is between New York/Newark and Cape Town and Johannesburg.
It will also allow customers to connect in Cape Town to other points in SA , and to other countries in the southern region of the African continent with its local partner Airlink and its hub in Cape Town, United said.
The route from Washington DC to Cape Town is the longest between the US and South Africa with no non-stop service, the airline said, adding DC is the second largest point in the US for demand after Cape Town and has the fifth-largest South African-born population.
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