United Airlines connection from Washington to Cape Town
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has celebrated the launch of United Airlines’ new non-stop service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Cape Town International Airport. The route is serviced three times a week by a 787-9. The launch date coincided with the airport’s 60th anniversary celebrations.
“The Airports Authority and our airline partners have been intensely focused on expanding our service to Africa,” said Jack Potter, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. “This new Cape Town service further strengthens our region’s already strong ties to Africa and underscores United’s continued international expansion in Washington Dulles. And with the opening of the Silver Line metro station in Dulles, our riders have more options than ever before to travel around the region and around the world.”
At an event marking the launch of the first flight, officials from the Airport Authority, United Airlines, the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa and the US Department of State and Transportation joined passengers in celebrating the new service. Traditional South African food and drink was offered along with a performance of traditional South African music.
“From the opening of the Silver Line metro station in Dulles to the 60th anniversary of this airport, it has been truly a historic week for our Washington, DC hub,” said Henry Bird, managing director of airport operations at Dulles International Airport. “United is proud to cap these celebrations by becoming the first airline to offer a non-stop round-trip flight from our country’s capital to Cape Town, South Africa. With Washington, DC having the fifth largest South African-born population, these new flights will not only enrich and connect two capital cities with strong cultural ties, but also build on the growing services of our African continent hub, where we also recently launched flights to Accra, Ghana, and Lagos, Nigeria.”