Thomas Cook Airlines’ inaugural London Gatwick- Cape Town flight took off yesterday evening, adding to its 17-route long haul portfolio from the UK and strengthening the number of long-haul African routes among the Thomas Cook Group Airlines.
The sold-out flight (MT2608), departed at 1930hrs after celebration at check-in and the gate, including South African-themed wine and food, as well as a wonderful South African choir singing traditional songs.
James Burrows, Aviation Director for Thomas Cook Airlines, said: “This was a really special and atmospheric event for customers that captured the spirit of Cape Town and also the excitement of the festive season.
“Our announcement of this route from London Gatwick has really shaken up the market for direct Cape Town flights in the South East. As a result it’s been really popular for both UK and South African customers. The flights will be really comfortable in cabins that are fully upgraded to include Premium class, James Martin meals and our pre-order duty free service, Airshoppen.”
Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer, London Gatwick Airport, said: “We are delighted to mark the launch of Thomas Cook Airlines’ three-times-a-week Cape Town service today. Cape Town is a fantastic city in a stunning part of the world , and is a welcome addition to Gatwick’s 50 plus long haul route network that will be popular with both leisure customer and the many South African nationals living in London and the South East.”
Direct flights to Cape Town from London Gatwick are available from £669 return for economy and £1239 Premium class, with departures every Thursday, Sunday and Monday.
Thomas Cook’s Group Airlines also flies to Windhoek (WDH) , Zanzibar (ZNZ), Kilimanjaro (JRO) and Mombasa (MBA) with from Germany with Condor.