British Airways (BA) is to start a new long-haul route on 29 October from Heathrow Airport to the South African city of Durban.
The service will be the only non-stop link between Europe and King Shaka International Airport in Durban and flights will be operated by the airline’s newest fleet of aircraft, the Boeing 787-8. The timetable will have a morning arrival into Durban and an evening arrival into Heathrow.
The new route comes as BA rolls out a £4.5 billion, five-year customer investment plan, with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all its customers.
BA chairman and chief executive officer, Alex Cruz said: “Durban’s warm water, hot summers and laid-back beachy atmosphere make this coastal city the perfect holiday destination. It is a gateway to many nature reserves, parks and historic sites, and has a thriving food, drink and art scene; defining the city as a must-visit for culture and adventure.
“Durban is also home to the busiest port in South Africa and is a large manufacturing hub, so the new route will secure another important link between the UK and the region that will be a welcome addition for business travellers.”
BA already operates a twice daily service from Heathrow to Johannesburg and flies year-round to Cape Town every day and three times a week from Gatwick Airport during the winter season.
The carrier also has a long-standing partnership with Comair who fly direct from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Durban and six other destinations across South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.