Travelling through London Heathrow, the top international airport for South African corporates and one of the most popular destinations for South African leisure travellers, will soon become a lot easier as the airport is rolling out a revolutionary end-to-end biometrics trial that will see facial recognition replacing the need for traditional travel documents by mid 2019.
“As an industry leader, Flight Centre applauds this kind of innovation and would like to encourage our own government to consider similar innovation at our South African airports. Facial recognition is the future of the airport experience and can considerably speed up the airport process for both business and leisure travellers,” says Andrew Stark, MD Flight Centre Travel Group.
London has always been a popular route for both South African leisure and business travellers, and Heathrow has officially been recognised as the top international airport for corporate traffic originating in South Africa in 2018. This is according to data gathered from Corporate Traveller, a division of the Flight Centre Travel Group.
“London is the gateway to Europe and beyond and has consistently been one of the top business destinations internationally,” says Oz Desai, Corporate Traveller GM.
The popularity of the route has seen airlines steadily increasing capacity between the two destinations. At the beginning of the year, Virgin Atlantic announced a second daily service between London Heathrow and Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport. British Airways has also increased flights between South Africa and London and is launching a new flight to the UK capital from Durban on 29 October – the only direct non-stop route from Durban to the UK and Europe.