Virgin Atlantic is returning to South Africa following news that the country has been removed from the UK’s Red List. The airline is also expanding its portfolio of flights to South Africa. According to Virgin Atlantic, since the removal a week ago, bookings to the region soared by 150% in 24 hours.
What to expect:
- Daily flights to Johannesburg will resume from 8 November
- Customer favourite Cape Town will restart on 17 December
- Return flights start from as little as £478 per person
Flights will resume from 8 November on the London Heathrow to Johannesburg route – and will increase from three times a week to a daily service.
In a statement, Virgin Atlantic said: As South Africa’s capital city, not only does Johannesburg offer a gateway to some of the best safaris in the world, but its warm climate provides the perfect escape for Brits seeking some winter sun. Customers travelling in the airline’s Upper Class cabin, as well as Gold Card members, will also be able to take advantage of Virgin Atlantic’s award-winning Clubhouse at O.R Tambo international airport, which offers a relaxing space with tasty food and tempting cocktails.
The relaunch of the airline’s Heathrow to Cape Town service is also being brought forward, following a huge surge in customer demand. From 17 December, Virgin Atlantic will fly three times weekly to the destination famed for its breathtaking scenery and its world-famous wine region.
Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, said: “We know there’s pent up customer demand for travel to South Africa, which is reflected in our recent bookings surge, so I’m thrilled we can offer our customers more services to both Johannesburg and Cape Town.
“We’re expecting a high proportion of leisure travellers on these routes, taking advantage of the winter sun, the safaris and of course, the world-famous wine region. We can’t wait to fly our customers safely to their South African adventures once more.”
For further further flexibility, Virgin Atlantic offers unlimited free date and flight changes for new bookings. Other improved changes policy and the rebooking horizon has been extended for all customers all the way until 30 April 2023, giving a broader window of time to reschedule plans if needed.
For further information or to book please visit www.virginatlantic.com