United Airlines to Launch New Non-Stop Route to Cape Town

Cape Town South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa // Ben1183/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

United Airlines has its eyes set on Cape Town, South Africa. The airline applied with the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to launch new service between Newark Liberty International Airport and Cape Town International Airport with plans to operate nonstop three-times weekly flights to Cape Town starting in December 2019.

The airline company says the nonstop service between New York/Newark and Cape Town will decrease the current travel time from New York to Cape Town by over four hours and provide customers from over 80 U.S. cities a one-stop access to Cape Town. If approved, United's service between New York/Newark and Cape Town will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which will have 48 seats in United Polaris business class, 88 seats in United Economy Plus and 116 seats in United Economy.

Proposed Flight Schedule, Beginning December 15, 2019

From

To

Depart

Arrive

Aircraft

New York/Newark

Cape Town

8:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m. +1

Boeing 787-9

Cape Town

New York/Newark

8:50 p.m.

5:45 a.m. +1

Boeing 787-9

Cape Town is a focal point in South Africa. It is the country’s trade center and the oldest city in South Africa. Located at the shore of Table Bay, the city offers several attractions, including Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

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United Airlines says travelers to South Africa often begin their African journey in Cape Town before touring the Cape Winelands, witnessing the African penguins at Boulder Beach or trekking beyond Cape Town to navigate South Africa's many national parks, game reserves and coastlines and beaches of the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape provinces.

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