On December 15 the first flight from Newark Liberty International to Cape Town International Airport will take off.
This new non-stop flight between North America will be serviced by United Airlines on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Bob Schumacher, United’s Regional Managing Director Sales says: "Our new service between Cape Town and our New York/Newark hub will enable our business and leisure customers to choose a more convenient and seamless way to travel between South Africa and the U.S. and support business opportunities between the Western Cape’s technology sector and the U.S."
The United airlines flight will depart Newark at 8.30 pm arriving in Cape Town at 6 pm, cutting the travel time between the two destinations by 8 hours in total.
According to a research commissioned by Cape Town Air Access, an estimated 24 000 additional inbound travellers are expected from the USA as a result of a direct route.