5 June 2018 by Ronan Gay
British Airways has introduced new, non-stop flights to Durban, South Africa. Starting 29 October 2018, the service will make getting to Durban and the superb KwaZulu-Natal region more accessible than ever before.
KwaZulu-Natal is home to a variety of natural and historical attractions, including the UNESCO World Heritage sites of uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park and iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The spectacular Drakensberg Mountains – one of South Africa's most scenic areas – and coastal Durban, complete with Indian heritage and world-class seafood, are both within easy reach.
Flights to Durban will operate three times a week, on Mondays, Thursday and Saturdays. Return flights arrive on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Until the service officially starts in October, convenient connections via Johannesburg will be available, enabling daily access to Durban. The new route will add to the daily non-stop services to Cape Town and Johannesburg, meaning the UK and South Africa will never have been so well connected. British Airways has partnered with Comair to connect each gateway, while onward travel to domestic airports within South Africa will make multi-centre itineraries in South Africa easier than ever before.
The route will be operated by a fleet of state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners, promising high-tech mood lighting that adjusts gradually to ensure an ambient experience throughout the entire journey, while the aircraft also offers some of the largest windows in the sky, approximately 30% larger than similar-sized aircrafts. Brightness of the windows is electronically-controlled rather than pulling down the shutter, providing a much more nuanced and comfortable lighting experience. Outside noise is reduced by up to 60% while fuel efficiency has been improved by 20% thanks to cutting-edge technology.
First Class on board British Airways 787 Dreamliner offers unparalleled comfort en route to South Africa
Durban is South Africa's third largest city and known as one of the country's best seaside escapes, with lively nightlife and an emerging café, shopping and cultural scene, surrounded by the wildlife-rich game reserves of KwaZulu-Natal. Its myriad Indian influences mean authentic curry houses and bustling marketplaces selling spices abound, while the white-sand seafront is home to swells fantastic for surfers. Just a couple of hours away are the wildlife-rich savannahs of KwaZulu-Natal, where the Big Five as well as numerous other wildlife thrive. Shopping galleries, high-end eateries and bars delight in the glamorous Greyville, Morningside and Berea, while the city is also home to an abundance of botanical gardens and nature reserves, and, further afield, the dramatic Drakensberg mountains and stunning coastal dune forests of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
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