Travellers hoping to escape the Northern Hemisphere’s shorter days and long, cold nights this winter have a new destination: the South African city of Durban with the start of British Airways’ new direct service.
From October 29 the airline’s customers will be able to surf their heart out along the Golden Mile, explore the lush green garden province and enjoy golden sun kissed beaches with three direct flights a week from Heathrow to the spectacular South African city.
The service will be the only non-stop link between London and Durban and flights will be operated by the airline’s newest fleet of aircraft, the Boeing 787-8. The timetable will have a morning arrival into Durban and an evening arrival into Heathrow. The new route comes as British Airways rolls out a £4.5 billion, five-year customer investment plan, with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all its customers.
Durban is a year-round destination, with sultry summers and mild, dry winters. It has long been a favourite holiday playground for South Africans but will soon be easier than ever for international visitors to enjoy too.
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “Durban’s warm water, hot summers and laid-back beachy vibe make this coastal city the perfect holiday destination. It is a gateway to many nature reserves, parks and historic sites, and has a thriving food, drink and art scene; defining the city as a must-visit for culture and adventure.
“Durban is also home to the busiest port in South Africa and is a large manufacturing hub, so the new route will secure another important link between the UK and the region that will be a welcome addition for business travellers.”
Key inputs from Invest Durban, business leaders and British investors based in Durban collaboratively resulted in the success of direct flights to and from the United Kingdom to Durban.
The Mayor of eThekwini Cllr Zandile Gumede said: “Durban is Geared for Growth! This new British Airways direct flight, opens Durban to a new market of travel, business opportunities and foreign direct investment propositions. Durban’s home to the busiest port is the gateway into unlocking enormous potential for our diverse City. We look forward to welcoming new travellers to our sunny shores.”