Published On: June 9th, 2022By Categories: Feature1.7 min read

CAPE TOWN, 7 June 2022 – United Airlines has commenced its year-round service of three weekly flights between Cape Town International Airport and its New York/Newark hub, marking the route’s expansion from a summer seasonal operation. 

In addition to connecting Cape Town and South Africa’s Western Cape with the greater New York / New Jersey region, the new schedule provides customers flying from Cape Town with easy and convenient connections, through United’s New York/Newark hub, to more than 85 U.S. cities, including Chicago, Houston, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. 

 United’s code-share partnership with South Africa-based Airlink also provides additional travel options for customers travelling from other Southern African destinations connecting onto United’s nonstop long-haul services to the U.S. 

“In addition to putting the U.S. within easy reach of the Western Cape, our service makes it easy for U.S. travellers to reach Cape Town, consistently ranked among the world’s top travel destinations,” said Bob Schumacher, United Regional Director Sales. “The expansion of this service offers our business and leisure customers in South Africa and in neighbouring markets, greater choice and significantly reduced travel times.” 

“The expansion of United’s New York/Newark – Cape Town operation to a year-round, three times a week service will enable renewed and expanded economic opportunities for Cape Town and the Western Cape. 


Photo credit: Justin de Reuck/United Airlines 2022.


United’s flight crew were joined by the following people in celebrating the arrival of the first flight with the new expanded service:  (from l – r):

Holding “C” – Wrenelle Stander, CEO, Wesgro

Holding “P” – Mireille Wenger, MEC for Finance and Economic Opportunities, Western Cape Prov Govt.

Holding “T” – Eddie Andrews, Deputy Mayor, City of Cape Town

Holding “N” – Emily Schaffer, U.S. Acting Consul-General

Holding “Y” – Bob Schumacher, Director for UK, Ireland and Offline Markets, United Airlines


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