Cape Town tourism business enterprise Wesgro has shown Simple Flying that they might be in “advanced” talks with Norwegian to introduce opposition at the Cape Town – London path. According to Inside Travel, on July 11, Tim Harris, Wesgro’s CEO, informed delegates at the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) Conference that it’s far in talks with Norwegian Airlines about introducing a London Gatwick – Cape Town direction in the close to destiny.
Growing the tourism zone
In his speech at the SATSA convention, Harris discussed how properly related cities and areas will do nicely in the future. Bradley Bouwer, a SATSA executive, additionally gave comparable feedback about air admission’s importance. Bouwer presented information to SATSA delegates in his presentation, explaining how total seat capability among South African and global locations on direct routes has grown by 2.8% because of 2013.
The only direct year-round daily flight between London and Cape Town is with British Airways. This day-by-day overnight flight is 12 hours and uses a Boeing 747-400. With a direct journey lasting 12 hours, it looks like vacationers could most possibly choose to no longer make it with the aid of a forestall alongside the manner. As such, British Airways can rate a top rate for this faster, less laborious journey. Thomas Cook also flies from London Gatwick to Cape Town 3 instances every week (Monday, Friday, and Sunday) on a seasonal basis. At the moment, this is scheduled to move from December 2019 to March 2020.
The case for competition
Using a random Google Flights look for a round experience between the two cities, it appears that each flight itinerary is 20-30% lower than the price of an immediate flight with British Airways. However, with all other oppositions requiring a connection, passengers spend a minimum of greater hours getting to their destination.
Having different airlines fly a right-away course might reduce vacationers’ charges. British Airways could compete with a budget choice being Norwegian. Cape Town is an extraordinary excursion destination and a place that already appeals to Brits. However, Cape Town Tourism’s Annual Report for 2017/2018 suggests that there has been a 15% lower in visitors for year-on-year arrivals from the United Kingdom. Hopefully, numbers have grown seeing that.
What will we count on
If talks grow to be moved, this would be one of Norwegian Air’s longest routes and truely its first to sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, the airline has some longer routes from London Gatwick. These include destinations on the US West Coast and a nearly 14-hour flight to Buenos Aires. However, Norwegian’s long-haul fleet comprises only five days of antique Boeing 787 Dreamliners. This would be the aircraft flying the Norwegian base in London Gatwick to the South African metropolis.
Could Virgin Atlantic additionally launch Cape Town flights?
With British Airways already jogging flights to Cape Town and Norwegian eyeing them up, it might be natural for Virgin Atlantic to comply with the match; the airline already flies to Johannesburg using a 787, and we would count on the identical aircraft for use for service to Cape Town.