For Durbanites, the trip to London has always been a bit of a‘schlep’ with local SA Airlines and International operators. Up until now that is. Now if you live in KZN, you can soon book flights from Durban to London direct, thanks to the latest flightadditions and new routing by British Airways.
After lengthy talks in February between British Airways and the KwaZulu Natal government, a new route was agreed on for travellers between London and Durban. Gone are the days where getting from Durban to London would have to be routed through Johannesburg.
Due to be launched on the 29th of October 2018, both UK and Durban locals are waiting to snap up the opportunity to cut out the unnecessary Jozi leg of their journey to get to Durban/UK.
How Long Will Direct Flights Between Durban and London Be?
When British Airways takes to the skies with its direct flights from London to Durban (and return) it will be the onlyairline offering direct flights between the diversity of Durban, South Africa and Euro-centric London! One has to wonder how long it will be until the other airlines follow suit.
The new direct flights are designed to take the frustration out of stopovers. There is little worse than having to embark on a gruelling 30 plus hour trip with numerous stopovers or long airport waits just to save money on your flight tickets.The new BA route is both quick and absolutely affordable.
The London-Durban flights will be offered three times per week and will be around12 hours from Durban’s King Shaka International Airport to London’s Heathrow. That’s at least a 3 hour saving on a relatively direct flight that would usually include Johannesburg as the first leg of the trip, not including other stopovers in Dubai, Istanbul or Doha!The new BA route offers a quicker, easier and hassle-free way to get between the two destinations without any of these stops along the way.
Cost of Direct Flights & Schedule Between London & Durban
Those who fly the Durban to London and London to Durban route have been chomping at the bit to find out what the cost will be. Flight bookings on this route are slowly being released on the British Airways website with a starting price of R10 000 per person.
The recently released Winter 2018scheduled London to Durban flight will be overnight leaving at 15:45 and arriving at 05:35 SA time. A turnaround flight is scheduled back to London the following morning at 07:35 arriving 17:45 local time.
The Aircraft Intended for the London to Durban Route
If comfort and luxury are important to youmight wonder what sort of plane will be used for this routing. British Airways announced that they will be operating the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” on their new London to Durban direct route. The airline believes that the Boeing 787 has everything required to service the route and keep passengers comfortable for the duration of the 12-hour flight.
British Airways has the very same phenomenal on-board service and comforts planned for these flights that the airline has become renowned for.
Where to Book Direct Flights Between London and Durban
If you are interested in booking flights from London to Durban direct or vice versa, keep checking our flight search feature right here at SA-Airlines. As soon as the flights are open, you can book and pay for your flight quickly, easily and securely. Until then you are welcome to browse our responsive online search engine for Durban to London via alternative routings and book affordable and cheap tickets on all SA Airlines across South Africa.