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United Airlines has launched its first service from South Africa – a nonstop flight between Cape Town, South Africa, and New York/Newark, U.S.A. This is the first direct air service between these two cities.

The new flight route has been warmly welcomed on both sides of the Atlantic, as a way to develop business opportunities between the two countries. “We are excited to inaugurate our non-stop seasonal service between Cape Town and our New York/Newark hub,” said Bob Schumacher, United Regional Director Sales. “Our new flight will not only improve the current journey time between the two cities by more than four hours, it also strengthens our international route network and provides customers in South Africa with over 80 nonstop connections from New York/Newark to other destinations across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.” 

“Our new flight will not only improve the current journey time between the two cities by more than four hours, it also strengthens our international route network and provides customers in South Africa with over 80 nonstop connections from New York/Newark to other destinations across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.”

Together, United and United Express operate approximately 4,900 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. This includes over 400 daily flights from its New York/Newark hub to more than 160 destinations throughout the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, India, Asia, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada.

Newark Liberty International Airport is conveniently located 14 miles (22.5 km) from Manhattan. It offers a number of quick transfer options to many parts of the city, including the AirTrain service to New York Penn Station in midtown Manhattan in under 30 minutes.

The new route will use a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft which can seat 252 passengers: 48 in United Polaris business class, 88 in Economy Plus and 116 in United Economy. Three return flights will be done weekly from 16 December 2019 to 28 March 2020, as follows (all times shown as local time):

 

Flight

Frequency

From

To

Depart      

Arrive

UA 1123

Mon/Thu/Sat

Cape Town (CPT)

New York/Newark (EWR)

20:50

05:45 +1

UA 1122

Wed/Fri/Sun

New York/Newark (EWR)

Cape Town (CPT)

20:30

18:00 +1

  

“Cape Town is a world-class city and this direct flight positions us as an attractive entry point into the rest of the continent. The local tourism and business sectors will greatly benefit from this as it allows us to showcase the diverse services and experiences that the city offers visitors from the United States. On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I thank United Airlines for implementing this new route and the work done by our Air Access team aimed at boosting tourism and investment opportunities,” said Cape Town Executive Mayor, Dan Plato.

New York is the largest regional economy in the U.S. It is a global hub for banking, finance and communications, and has robust manufacturing and technology sectors. Cape Town and the Western Cape have some of the most innovative global technology, finance and media industries, and is also home to Southern Africa’s prime agri-industry and viticulture centre.