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Wesgro welcomes flights between CTown and Gatwick

Friday 25 March 2016 19:24

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British Airways will start flying between Cape Town and Gatwick from November 24, offering three flights a week.(SABC)

Wesgro, the tourism, trade and investment arm of the Western Cape government on Friday welcomed news that British Airways will start operating flights between Cape Town International Airport and London’s Gatwick Airport.

“With over 400 000 UK visitors to the Western Cape in 2015, and the existing London Heathrow to Cape Town service almost 90% full in both directions, new travel capacity to the Cape was much needed,” said Wesgro chief executive Tim Harris.

British Airways will start flying between Cape Town and Gatwick from November 24, offering three flights a week.

Earlier, Thomas Cook Airlines announced that from December 1 it too would be operating three direct flights between the two airports every week.

“These two new services will have a positive impact on tourism, trade and investment in the Cape. The UK is our second largest source FDI [Foreign Direct Investment] market and our largest export market outside of Africa,” said Harris.

“We will be announcing more routes in the coming months, and expect that this new capacity will help Cape Town International airport to reach the 10 million passenger milestone this year.”

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