United Airlines will makes its Newark to Cape Town service year-round, offering a near-interrupted link to one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Cape Town Service Now Year-Round On United Airlines
United’s Cape Town service was set to end in late March, March 24th to be exact. It then faced a hiatus for until October, accounting for the lower demand during the Southern Hemisphere winter months.
But today United announced that the hiatus would only last until June 5th this year and that going forward the EWR-CPT route will be year-around.
Patrick Quayle, United’s Senior Vice President of International Network Planning and Alliances, explained:
“By offering flights to Cape Town year-round, we’re making it even easier for our customers to visit one of the world’s best destinations. United’s direct flights from New York/Newark cut the usual travel time to Cape Town by more than five hours, giving visitors extra time to enjoy the beauty and majesty of South Africa.”
It’s no surprise why United’s Cape Town flights have done well. South Africa is a beautiful nation and gateway to the rest of southern Africa. With South African Airways having (perhaps permanently) suspended intercontinental service, there is a market with less competition than ever before (Delta also cut its planned Cape Town triangle flight).
As Quayle mentioned, flying direct from the U.S. East Coast saves several hours connecting in Europe and in my opinion allows for a better flight, since you really can enjoy a long rest between meals.
United is using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the flight with 48 seats in business class, 21 seats in premium economy, 39 seats in extra legroom economy class, and 149 seats in economy class. The flight will operate Wednesday/Friday/Sunday southbound and Monday/Thursday/Saturday northbound.
The new space is bookable now and there is some saver award space and confirmed upgrade space available. If interested, book today because it probably will not be available tomorrow (that seems to be the trend when United loads a new route or schedule into its system).
As I look to visiting several nations in Africa later this year, I am excited to see United resume its Cape Town flight four months ahead of schedule and also make it year-round. If you are considering a trip to Cape Town this year and want to use your miles, today would be a very good day to look at space.