This will make Johannesburg the first city outside of the UK and the US to get double-daily Virgin flights. Liezl Gericke, head, Middle East and Africa, Virgin Atlantic, noted that the decision was due to an inbound and outbound demand surge.
“With an additional 188,000 seats annually between Johannesburg and London, we are contributing to the nine percent annual growth the air travel market expects to see in the first quarter,” stated Gericke.
Additionally, the route had been timed to enable easy connections to flights with Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines to over 200 US destinations, including Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The flight will be operated by a 258-seat Boeing B787-9 with 31 business class seats, 35 premium economy seats, 36 economy delight seats and 156 economy seats. Tickets are anticipated to go on sale on March 24.