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Virgin Suspends CPT Flight  
User currently offlineLXLGU From South Africa, joined Sep 2000, 1085 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1345 times:

Effective 20 March one of their Cape Town flights
and effective 20 April the second flight.
This is for the southern hemisphere winter and
resume in October again

Another one bites the dust in South Africa!
Cheers!
Tony

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User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1286 times:

Isn't the Virgin CPT flight 7x week? Do you mean that the service will be reduced to 5x weekly, or the route will be suspended altogether?

Bet it has something to do with the weak rand.....air fares to Europe from South Africa are an absolute bargain at the moment.

Regards


User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1273 times:

Apologies, I was under the mistaken impression that they flew a daily service-it is apparently only twice-weekly.

This is a shame, as they provide a better service than BA or SAA!

Regards


User currently offlineLXLGU From South Africa, joined Sep 2000, 1085 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1267 times:

Hi Captain Picard!
They fly 2x weekly and their flights will cancel then
until October.

Cheers!
Tony


User currently offlineBilly From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 895 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1214 times:

Yes but Iberia will add their fifth flight to jnb at the end of March.

User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1167 times:

They also leave CPT at a crap time-early morning which cant have done too much for yields

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1157 times:

Donder, I flew VS last month, and our daylight flight to London left CPT at 1145am-hardly early morning!

We arrived in London at 945pm, perfect!

Regards


User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1131 times:

Sounds like a weird decision. From what I've heard post-September, South Africa was for a while rumoured to be the best replacement destination for some of the lost transatlantic traffic. So several airlines allegedly upped their capacity on those routes.

Does anyone know what routes the planes will be used on instead?

Regards

Ikarus


User currently offlineJetstreamer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1121 times:

Virgin upped capacity to JNB by replacing the A340 with the B744.

A codeshare agreement has been entered into with Nationwide to provide onward connections from Jo'burg to Cape Town and Durban.

The direct flights to Cape Town (hopefully with extra frequencies) will be reinstated later this year.


User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1115 times:

I think VS are hurting.
Iain


User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1090 times:

They leave CPT at 9 20 am so that is early morning.

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1070 times:

Donder,

The schedule has changed; nevertheless, 9.20am is not early, as far as I am concerned!

In fact, it is the ideal time for many of us who travel regularly between RSA and London to leave. An evening arrival into LHR is perfect!

Regards


User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1041 times:

The yields are better suited to the traditional times though

User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1036 times:

You might be right on that one, although I haven't got the means to investigate!  Wink/being sarcastic

Regards


User currently offlineBilly From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 895 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1030 times:

CPT is notoriously seasonal - massive peaks in the northern winter, and huge troughs in the summer. Load factors shift enormously during the year on CPT. This may account for TK's decision to stop their CPT tag.

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