Virgin Atlantic returns to Cape Town with daily services

May 23, 2022. WEST SUSSEX.

A firm favourite with customers, the service will operate on a Boeing 787-9 with fares starting from £711 economy return.

Virgin Atlantic returns to Cape Town with daily services

  • Virgin Atlantic’s much anticipated service to Cape Town launches on 5th November 2022

  • The daily service operates on a Boeing 787-9 aircraft

  • Prices start from £711 per person

Virgin Atlantic is delighted to return to Cape Town from 5th November 2022 with a new daily service. A firm favourite with customers, the service will operate on a Boeing 787-9 with fares starting from £711 economy return. The aircraft boasts three classes, Upper Class, Premium and Economy offering different experiences for customers as well as the airline’s world-famous social space. The new winter service runs until 24th March 2023 and will complement the existing year-round daily service to Johannesburg. With demand for travel ever-increasing, sunseekers can take full advantage of the beautiful destination with easier access than ever before. Known not only for its natural beauty, but rich culture and heritage too, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this much-loved destination. Home to Robben Island, customers can visit the prison where Nelson Mandela was held, which is now a living museum. Some may wish to challenge their adventurous side by riding the cable cars to Table Mountain’s flat top for sweeping views of the city. Those looking for something more laid-back are at the gateway to the Cape Winelands, the country’s top region for wine tasting tours. Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic commented: “We’re incredibly excited to return to the fabulous city of Cape Town with daily services from November. “Although a little later than we we’d have liked due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the move reflects the fact that travel is recovering and global demand for holidays to sunny, premium destinations is returning at pace. “We’re expecting a high proportion of leisure travellers on this route who will rightly be taking advantage of the winter sun, exploring the world-renowned wine regions and soaking up the rich culture this incredible country has to offer.”

Route facts Aircraft type Boeing 787-9 with 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 192 Economy Delight Classic and Light seats.

Route frequency Daily. Flight timings and flight number LHR – CPT – VS478 16:20 / 06:00 + 1 CPT – LHR – VS479 07:50 / 17:45 Date of restart 5th November 2022. Fares Flights on sale now - return Economy fares start from £711 per person,

Premium from £1318 per person and Upper Class from £3454 per person.

For further information please contact press.office@fly.virgin.com2

About Virgin Atlantic Virgin Atlantic was founded by entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson in 1984, with innovation and amazing customer service at its core. In 2021, Virgin Atlantic was voted Britain’s only Global Five Star Airline by APEX for the fifth year running in the Official Airline Ratings.


Headquartered in London, it employs 6,500 people worldwide, flying customers to 27 destinations across four continents. Alongside shareholder and Joint Venture partner Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic operates a leading transatlantic network, with onward connections to over 200 cities around the world. On 3 February 2020, Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic launched an expanded Joint Venture, offering a comprehensive route network, convenient flight schedules, competitive fares and reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, including the ability to earn and redeem miles across all carriers. 

       Sustainability remains central to Virgin Atlantic, having taken an industry leadership position through its long-standing support for SAF commercialisation and fleet transformation programme. Since September 2019, the airline has welcomed eight new Airbus A350-1000 with a further A350-100 and three A339s entering the fleet in 2021. By the end of 2022 the average fleet age will be just over six years, driving a fuel efficiency (CO2 /RTK) improvement of 30% compared to 2007. For more information visit www.virginatlantic.com or via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @virginatlantic.