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BA to up capacity on African routes

13 Apr 2017
BA to up capacity on african routes

British Airways plans to add capacity on African routes, introduce new lounges and enhance catering for African customers.

The airline will add 680 seats a week to its London-Johannesburg route by operating an all-A380 service in October, allowing travellers a choice of two flights a day.

In addition to the Johannesburg route, the airline will operate its expanded Cape Town schedule with three weekly flights from Gatwick, over the 2017/2018 Southern hemisphere summer.

BA has increased the frequency of flights to Mauritius from Gatwick from three to five Boeing 777 services a week.

Customers flying into Gatwick will arrive in the south terminal, where a new premium check-in area has been created. The check-in area features leather bench seating and ample power supplies.

In Heathrow’s Terminal 5, BA has launched a new ‘First Wing’ check-in area with dedicated two-lane security, which will help speed up the journey.

The airline has revamped its lounge at OR Tambo and will build a new lounge at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, and will be shared with American Airlines.

In addition to all the enhancements BA will introduce a new on-board service menu in September.

Alex Cruz, BA chairman and ceo said: “We need to focus on enhancing premium class – offering contemporary service, improved catering and lounges and a consistent experience. In economy, where we know that price is the driver, we need to focus our efforts on delivering more seats at the lowest fares and giving customers choices.”