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Old December 17th, 2019, 08:11 AM   #2101
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I don't know how I missed it, but this is just a seasonal flight.
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Old December 17th, 2019, 01:10 PM   #2102
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Hopefully the route can last longer than what delta did a few years back
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Old December 17th, 2019, 02:05 PM   #2103
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Hopefully the route can last longer than what delta did a few years back
Initial signs are good. They have said due to the response from ticket sales that they are renewing the seasonal flight for 2020/2021, possibly even starting the flights a month earlier and with increased frequencies.
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Old December 18th, 2019, 01:31 AM   #2104
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Initial signs are good. They have said due to the response from ticket sales that they are renewing the seasonal flight for 2020/2021, possibly even starting the flights a month earlier and with increased frequencies.
So apparently there were 200k americans coming from "other places" into sa as per the video, last year im guessing?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vffbeThhjy0
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Old December 18th, 2019, 03:41 AM   #2105
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So apparently there were 200k americans coming from "other places" into sa as per the video, last year im guessing?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vffbeThhjy0
Well SA gets about 300 000 visitors from the US every year.
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Old December 18th, 2019, 07:46 AM   #2106
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PICS + VIDEO: Inaugural United Airlines direct flight from New York lands in Cape Town
Travel News / 17 December 2019, 09:30am / Mwangi Githahu

The inaugural United Airlines direct flight from New York’s Newark Airport to Cape Town International Airport landed at 6pm on Monday amid much pomp and ceremony.

https://www.iol.co.za/travel/travel-...-town-39345661
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Old January 14th, 2020, 04:20 PM   #2107
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Sorry for a sort of "help the tourist" question but there are some real heavyweight aviation experts hanging out here so I think it might be a good place for getting an answer ...

Are there any sort of guidelines for wind speeds and directions that are sufficient to disrupt or suspend flights out of CPT? I'm due to fly out on Saturday at a time when the weather forecast is predicting a South-Easter gusting up to 42 mph (just over 67.5 kph). Is that likely to cause significant delays or does CPT just shrug that sort of wind off? It's an Emirates flight to Dubai so a decent sized plane.

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Old January 14th, 2020, 05:01 PM   #2108
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Sorry for a sort of "help the tourist" question but there are some real heavyweight aviation experts hanging out here so I think it might be a good place for getting an answer ...

Are there any sort of guidelines for wind speeds and directions that are sufficient to disrupt or suspend flights out of CPT? I'm due to fly out on Saturday at a time when the weather forecast is predicting a South-Easter gusting up to 42 mph (just over 67.5 kph). Is that likely to cause significant delays or does CPT just shrug that sort of wind off? It's an Emirates flight to Dubai so a decent sized plane.

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Don't see it being a problem. Strong cross winds can delay takeoff and landings
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Old January 14th, 2020, 06:54 PM   #2109
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Sorry for a sort of "help the tourist" question but there are some real heavyweight aviation experts hanging out here so I think it might be a good place for getting an answer ...

Are there any sort of guidelines for wind speeds and directions that are sufficient to disrupt or suspend flights out of CPT? I'm due to fly out on Saturday at a time when the weather forecast is predicting a South-Easter gusting up to 42 mph (just over 67.5 kph). Is that likely to cause significant delays or does CPT just shrug that sort of wind off? It's an Emirates flight to Dubai so a decent sized plane.
It's dependent on aircraft type and the airline's standard operating procedures, and possibly even some local airport limits. That said, a South-Easter gusting to 70km/h should be okay for a B777. It could even do a crosswind at 70km/h but that wouldn't be necessary since RWY 19 is positioned perfectly for a South-Easter!
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Old January 15th, 2020, 12:21 PM   #2110
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Many thanks. My concerns are assuaged.

I guess it's no coincidence that RWY 19 was optimised for most likely adverse local weather conditions, i.e. optimised for a strong South-Easter.

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Old January 17th, 2020, 07:03 AM   #2112
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Southern & East African Tourism Update

CTIA sees 2% jump in passenger numbers
Today 07:50

CTIA was recently ranked 22nd in Skytrax’s World’s Top 100 Airports 2019 and is Africa’s leading airport.

Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) reported over 10 million passenger arrivals and departures for 2019, showing a year-on-year increase of 2%.
Despite the drought and other challenges – such as a rise in crime in Cape Town – overall arrivals increased, with an additional 103 000 passengers passing through the airport.

http://www.tourismupdate.co.za/artic...senger-numbers
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Old January 23rd, 2020, 07:45 AM   #2113
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Old January 31st, 2020, 01:48 PM   #2114
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Seasonal weekly flight from Cape Town to St Helena renewed for 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 seasons.

https://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/2020/...2K8eSdiffWKA2A
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Old February 12th, 2020, 01:16 PM   #2115
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Virgin to return to CPT, from 25 Oct. Bookings open 18 Feb.
Just announced on their Facebook page.

Not sure about more details yet, frequency and schedule etc. Probably seasonal and 787-9
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Virgin Atlantic renews Heathrow and Cape Town flight after 6 year absence

Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic on Wednesday announced a renewal of their daily seasonal service flying between London Heathrow and Cape Town.

It said the service, which would operate on a Boeing 787-9 aircraft, would start on October 25 in addition to Virgin Atlantic's existing daily service to Johannesburg.

This marks Virgin’s return to Cape Town since after its long-standing route was cut in 2014.

Juha Jarvinen, the chief commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic said on Virgin Atlantic's website, “2020 is an extremely exciting year of continued growth for Virgin Atlantic. Not only are we launching a new service to Sao Paulo in March, but we’re delighted to announce a new seasonal service to Cape Town.”

Return Economy fares started from £713 per person, it said.

Virgin will be competing with Qatar Airways, KLM, British Airways, SAA amongst others.

The announcement comes at a time local state-owned carrier SAA is in business rescue and culling loss making routes.

"The VS478 will operate as a night flight departing Heathrow at 16:20 arriving into Cape Town at 05:55 whereas the inbound, the VS479, will depart at 08:00 landing later that day at 18:00. Return Economy fares start from £713 per person," Virgin said.

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Virgin to return to CPT, from 25 Oct. Bookings open 18 Feb.
Just announced on their Facebook page.

Not sure about more details yet, frequency and schedule etc. Probably seasonal and 787-9
Return time seems to indicate they came into some new slots that wouldn't be viable for transatlantic flights. Nice move from Virgin and Wesgro.
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Old February 13th, 2020, 03:07 PM   #2119
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BA also announcing today that the seasonal LGW-CPT flight will increase from 3 to 5 weekly from January 2021.
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looks like demand will create the supply, and all the more reason to wave bye bye to SAA and it's headaches. Its 2020, which country honestly bases their national self worth on whether they have a flag carrier or not
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