United Nonstop Flights Between Washington D.C. and Cape Town
United Airlines today announced new direct flights between Washington Dulles Airport and Cape Town, becoming the first airline to offer nonstop roundtrip service from the nation’s capital to South Africa.
The airline had already announced these plans earlier this year, but now, the U.S. Department of Transportation granted the airline three weekly direct flights, which will commence on November 17, 2022 (subject to approval by the South Africa Government).
Tickets are already on sale now and can be purchased online or through the United app.
United started seasonal service from New York/Newark to Cape Town in 2019 and expanded to year-round service in 2022. The Chicago-based airline will soon offer a total of 19 weekly flights to Africa. The airline launched nonstop flights from New York/Newark to Johannesburg and Washington D.C. to Accra, Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria in 2021.
United’s new flights will connect Cape Town to 55 U.S. cities, representing more than 92% of the U.S. travel demand. The new flights will also allow customers to connect in Cape Town to other points in South Africa, and to other countries in the southern region of the African continent with United’s South African based partner Airlink and their Cape Town hub.
The new route will be serviced with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which features 48 lie-flat, United Polaris® business class seats, 21 United Premium Plus seats and 188 economy seats. All seats are equipped with seatback on-demand entertainment.
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