United Airlines will launch a non-stop route between the United States and South Africa in December, with plans for a flight between Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and Cape Town.
Conveniently located right outside of Manhattan and ranked the sixth busiest international airport in the US, Newark International Airport provides fast and simplified access to the cultural and business centre that is New York City.
The flight service will be operated with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, providing seats for 252 passengers.
Cape Town mayor, Dan Plato, said: “Cape Town is a world-class city and home to an award-winning airport in Cape Town International Airport.
“I want to thank our air access team who have worked hard to bring this flight to Cape Town.
“This direct flight positions our beautiful city as an attractive point of entry into Africa and allows us to showcase all that the city has to offer as we welcome visitors from the United States, both new and old.
“On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I thank United Airlines for the confidence they have shown in our city.”
Cape Town Air Access is a partnership between the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Government, Wesgro, Cape Town Tourism, South African Tourism, Airports Company South Africa and private sector partners.
To date, the CTAA initiative has helped land eight new international airlines, 13 new direct routes and 19 route expansions, resulting in more than 1.5 million two-way seats being added into Cape Town International.
Sthembiso Dlamini, acting chief executive of South African Tourism, added: “Arrivals from the United States to South Africa have shown consistent growth year-on-year, solidifying its position as a key market, not only for the Western Cape, but for South Africa as a whole.
“South Africa saw close to 450,000 arrivals from North America in 2018 with the region representing four per cent of total international travellers arriving in South Africa.
“Adding a direct connection to Cape Town will improve connectivity to the region and allow visitors to experience South Africa from a new viewpoint.”