Cape Town gets another direct flight to the USA

Delta Airlines has announced a new non-stop service between Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.

The new route between Atlanta and Cape Town will be available beginning Dec. 17, the airline said. It is part of the airline’s expansion from the world’s largest airline hub, located in Atlanta, to Africa.

“We will now operate a service ten times a week to South Africa via Cape Town and Johannesburg,” he said.

The Cape Town-Atlanta route is the second direct route announced in as many weeks, following the Cape Town-Washington route announced by United Airlines last week.

United Airlines said the new direct flights from Washington Dulles Airport to Cape Town make it the first airline to provide round-trip nonstop service between the United States political capital and South Africa.

Washington-Cape Town flights begin November 17, 17, with tickets already available for the route.

United will soon offer a total of 19 weekly flights to Africa – in addition to these new flights to Cape Town, the airline has launched nonstop flights from New York/Newark to Johannesburg and Washington DC to Accra, Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria in 2021, the airline said.

The two US airlines have been engaged in a dispute over the frequency of flights to Cape Town since February this year.

According Business Intern, both airlines have requested additional flights to Cape Town from the US Department of Transportation. The two airlines had to plead their respective cases with the ministry because the existing bilateral agreement between the two countries limits the number of flights that can operate between the two countries.

The U.S. Department of Transportation later assigned three weekly frequencies to each.


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