When United Airlines starts its direct flight from Newark – which also serves New York City – to Cape Town on December 15, it will be the latest in a number of new nonstop connections between the United States and Africa.
Next stop: Cape Town, South Africa.
— United Airlines (@united) April 15, 2019
The United flight to Cape Town, with a 14.5-hour flying time, will be offered three times a week. The only other U.S. carrier to fly nonstop to South Africa, Delta, flies from Atlanta to Johannesburg, which takes 15 hours.
South African Airways used to fly between Cape Town and Miami, but ended that service in 1999. SAA flies between New York and Washington, D.C., and Johannesburg.
In August American Airlines announced it would make its first entrance to the African continent by flying from Philadelphia to Casablanca from June 2020. Already this year, Royal Air Maroc began a flight from Miami to Casablanca, the first direct flight since SAA dropped its flight twenty years ago.
On 16 December, Ethiopian Airlines, which already flies to several U.S. destinations, will add a three-times-a-week flight from Addis Ababa to Houston, Texas. The airline is reportedly also negotiating a flight to Montreal, Canada.