BA to increase CT-London flights

The airline is increasing its weekly frequency from seven to ten flights per week from next month.

FILE: A British Airways’ A380 airbus flying over Cape Town.

CAPE TOWN - British Airways (BA) ON Wednesday said it is aiming to have double daily flights from Cape Town to London all year round as business travel increases significantly.

The airline is increasing its weekly frequency from seven to ten flights per week from May.

BA's Denise McGregor says the Cape Town International Convention Centre is a massive drawcard for business travellers.

"In the Cape Town local market you're seeing fantastic growth. The opening of the new conference centre is driving a different type of customer through to Cape Town."

The new flight schedule means more than 3,500 passengers will be able to fly directly between London and Cape Town every week.

McGregor says their R20 million investment in the revamped airport lounge is evidence of an increase in demand.

Earlier on Wednesday, the airline unveiled its new lounge at Cape Town International Airport.

In 2012, South African Airways (SAA)'s decision to halt direct flights from Cape Town to London resulted in controversy.

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) had expressed hope that SAA would reconsider its business decision.

However, the airline said it wanted to focus on more lucrative routes to the rest of Africa.

From 16 August 2012, Capetonians had to fly via Johannesburg on a flight to London with SAA.

At the time, SA Flyer Magazine Editor Guy Leach said SAA was willing to forfeit business to BA.