- United Airlines has confirmed that return flights between Johannesburg and New York are set to resume on 3 June
- The United States-based airline carrier is hoping to fill the gap left by cash-strapped South African Airways with the route from Jozi to New York
-The tickets between Johannesburg and New York are set at less than R12 000, which is being seen as a crowd puller
The latest information reaching Briefly News is that return flights from Johannesburg to New York are set to resume next month. It is reported that United Airlines will begin operating flights between Newark, New York, and Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport on 3 June.
Even with the ongoing travel restrictions imposed on South Africans looking to enter the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic, tickets for the newly launched daily route have recently gone on sale.
United Airlines is one of the US' largest domestic and international carriers and Business Insider reports that the airline hopes to bounce back to pre-pandemic levels by introducing several new routes between June and July.
Capitalising on the tide of vaccine optimism, United recently confirmed that it had added more than 400 daily flights to its northern-hemisphere summer schedule.
What will bring relief is that one such addition is the new non-stop daily service between Mzansi and the United States, which was first touted in September 2020 just before the second wave of Covid-19 infections forced a global lockdown.
Moreover, the website also reports that a return ticket will cost passengers in economy class from Johannesburg to Newark Liberty International Airport just less than R12 000.
The route, set to be maintained by United's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which operates flight numbers such as UA 187 and UA 188, and will accommodate 280 passengers.
United’s Managing Director of International Sales Marcel Fuchs said:
"Connecting Johannesburg to New York will open up new opportunities for both business and leisure travellers and help our customers in South Africa reconnect with friends and family around the world.”
Points Guy also reported that United Airlines recently arrived in Ghana and that the airline was planning to launch flights to Joburg.
The website had it that the first of two routes the airline plans to launch this spring to fill a gap left by struggling South African Airways, which has long struggled to turn a profit and was forced to begin scaling back its global operations even before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Though a Twitter handle @OvieAli claimed it is a new airline company, news about the outfit has been in the media as far back as 2018 as seen in Bloomberg and Black Enterprise.
@OvieAli who shared new photos of the man and his team also said that Afolabi hopes to “begin affordable air transportation".
A check on Bloomberg shows that the company, which is under the sub-industry category of transportation and logistics, was founded in 2015.
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