Nonstop flights between the US and South Africa can be quite pricey. That’s due to lack of competition, currently SAA flies nonstop between JFK and Johannesburg and Delta flies nonstop between Atlanta and Johannesburg.
United has announced that they will start seasonal nonstop service between Newark and Cape Town. Currently Cape Town has no nonstop service to anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. United does not currently fly to anywhere in Africa, so this returns them to 6 continents.
United’s Star Alliance partner SAA connects Cape Town with Johannesburg and several other cities.
United’s 787-9 will fly from Newark at 8:30pm on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, arriving into Cape Town at 6pm the next day. The return flight will depart Cape Town at 8:50pm on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, arriving into Newark at 5:45am the next day.
Tickets are not yet available for sale, but should be bookable by May.
Service is slated to begin on 12/15/19, pending government approval, and will operate seasonally through March.
Unites notes that if the route performs well then it will be upgraded to year-round service. For example United launched seasonal service to Tahiti, but then upgraded to year-round service due to its success.
South Africa has long been on my bucket list, so this might be the incentive I need to check it off.
Will you fly United to Cape Town?