British Airways has started four new weekly services between London and Johannesburg, increasing the number of weekly direct flights to 18. Photo: File
JOHANNESBURG - British Airways has started four new weekly services between London and Johannesburg, increasing the number of direct flights between the cities to 18 a week. 

The British Airways' London-Johannesburg service started on Sunday and comes as the airline also opens a new route from London to Durban on Monday which will offer three weekly services using Boeing 787-8s.  

The airline is also again increasing its daily winter Cape Town schedule to provide double-daily summer flights from London Heathrow as well as introducing three weekly flights between Gatwick and the Mother City next month.

Sue Petrie, British Airways commercial manager for Southern Africa said they would be operating their largest schedule ever between the UK and South Africa; 38 flights a week to three destinations using Boeing 747, Boeing 777, Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 aircraft.

The additional Johannesburg flights will depart London Heathrow at 16:20 in the afternoon, arriving at OR Tambo at 05:40 the following morning. The return flight will leave Johannesburg at 07:40 in the morning, landing at Heathrow's Terminal 5 at 17:50 that evening. 

The schedule increase comes as British Airways 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 customers. 

According to British Airways, the addition of the new services was to service the growing demand on these routes. 

The airline said "It’s a testament to the success with which we’ve operated on the route and shows that customers reward efficiency and service with loyalty. We’re excited about it and clearly our customers are too". 

African News Agency (ANA)