United Airlines Launches Service between Washington DC and Cape Town ( News Washington )

LONDON – One of the United States’ airlines, United Airlines has announced the launch of service between Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) and Cape Town International Airport, South Africa (CTIA). The non-stop service will be scheduled three times a week, mirroring the already-in-service New York – Cape Town route that operates out of Newark Airport.

For its first flight to Dulles International on November 17 at 18:40. The journey, which takes approximately 14.5 hours, is carried by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, with the number UA 2222. It is planned to operate. The launch of this route means that United is the first airline to offer non-stop service to and from Washington DC. Cape Town.

Based on two-way passenger volume, Cape Town has historically been the United States’ third largest international market. Passenger volumes between the two countries in the first half of 2019 were 213,000. When compared to the first quarter of passenger numbers for 2022, this represents fifty one percent in traffic numbers.

The opening of the new route is expected to further contribute to tourism revenues in the Western Cape, with Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunity Mireille Wenger saying: “Tourism is a major contributor to the Western Cape, supporting nearly 175,000 jobs and generating nearly R15.5bn in gross value added to the economy in 2019.”

“That’s why we’re so excited to welcome direct flights to New York. Not only do these flights boost tourism, but they also provide great opportunities to export goods via air transport to the Western Cape.

With history, amazing landscapes and a world famous safari offer; Nomasonto Ndlovu, COO Tourism. South Africa He said: “We invite American tourists to visit Cape Town and then also explore other parts of South Africa as we have a lot to offer across our nine provinces.”

Also, the corridor to the southern hemisphere US – SA is a key economic opportunity, as outlined by Wrenelle Stander CEO and official spokesperson for Cape Town Air Access: “The addition of the Washington State Dulles – Cape Town service with the New – New – Cape Town route will ensure continued expansion of economic opportunities for Cape Town and the Western Cape.”

“The United States is a key source of tourism, trade and investment for the province. We look forward to the summer season ahead, and we would like to thank United Airlines for their continued commitment to our destination. Statori concluded.

The route will provide access to key transport opportunities that will open up tourism opportunities. Metric tons of cargo are forecast for 648 shipments between November 2022 and March 2023. In 2021 metric tons of cargo were transported between Cape Town and the United States, proving a 50% recovery rate compared to the same period in 2019.

“The excess of this flight to Washington means the destination of our strength and the success of the urban mission to connect more source markets through the initiative of Air Access, smart campaigns and urban agreements to the city. My team and I will continue to work on such initiatives that get more travel and commerce to the Cape” concluded Wenger .


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