British Airways will expand its flights between London and Cape Town from January next year by two flights per week.

The additional services will be introduced from Gatwick Airport, located in the south-east of England, with Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

That brings the number of British Airways flights from Gatwick to Cape Town International Airport to five and increases the number of flights between London and Cape Town to 19 per week.

During the South African summer, British Airways also doubles its schedule between Heathrow and Cape Town, offering two daily flights with Boeing 747 aircraft.

“In total, we offer 36 flights per week between the UK and South Africa. In addition to the 19 flights to Cape Town, there are also two daily flights to Johannesburg with some of our airline’s largest aircraft, the A380. We also fly directly between London and Durban three times a week, “says Cristina Graham, British Airways commercial manager for Southern Africa.

British Airways is the only airline to offer direct flights between London and South Africa throughout the year.

The adjustment in the schedule comes after British Airways implemented a £ 6.5bn five-year investment plan. The airline has acquired 73 new aircraft and will also refurbish its long-haul cabins to make it look and feel new. This includes the Boeing 777 fleet at Gatwick.

British Airways has redesigned and significantly refurbished its waiting room at OR Tambo Airport to accommodate 247 people comfortably and include a boutique dining area.

The additional flights between Gatwick and Cape Town airports will be scheduled from 10 January to 24 March 2021.