British Airways bolsters Cape Town schedule

British Airways is adding to its double-daily schedule from London Heathrow to Cape Town this summer by offering three additional flights from Gatwick to the Mother City.

Already the only airline to serve Cape Town directly from London year-round, from 24 November it will be the only carrier to offer customers on the route a choice of two UK airports.

The three new services will add a total of 825 seats a week between London and Cape Town.

Edward Frost, British Airways’ commercial manager for South and East Africa, says Cape Town regularly features amongst the airline’s top 10 leisure destinations and additional services should bolster its popularity.

“We’ve always said that we will increase capacity where there’s opportunity to do so. Cape Town’s existing reputation for natural beauty, world-renowned wines and exceptional cuisine, along with the excellent work done to promote the destination have provided that chance and we’ve seized it.

“For our Cape Town customers the additional capacity will be welcome and Gatwick provides a great alternative, particularly for leisure customers as it is a well-established holiday gateway.”

To operate the additional services British Airways will add a fourth Boeing 777 aircraft to its Gatwick fleet, bringing the total number of Boeing 777s at the London airport to 12. Configured in three cabins, the aircraft offer 48 Club World, 24 World Traveller Plus and 203 World Traveller seats.

The flights will depart Gatwick on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 18:00 arriving in Cape Town at 07:50 the following morning.


Destination Flight No Days of flights Outbound flight times Flights start Total route frequency
Cape Town









Mon, Thurs, Sat
Tues, Fri, Sun
Dep: LGW 18:00

Arr: CPT 07:50
next day


Dep: CPT 19:10

Arr: LGW 05:05 next day

Nov 24




Nov 25

Three per week