If you are planning a holiday to Cape Town please refer to the following imporatant information It is anticipated that flights between London and Cape Town during the peak winter 2015/16 season will be commercially very busy. Additionally Virgin no longer operate this route leaving BA the only direct carrier.

This will have an impact on staff planning to travel between London and Cape Town from October to April with fewer passengers being confirmed on flights and accepted for travel.

If you are considering travelling during this period you must check flight loads and purchase back up tickets if there is any doubt whether travel will take place.

Both LHR and Cape Town airport staff will be unable to assist with re-routings and issuing new tickets should acceptance not occur.

BA basic standby tickets can be purchased online for travel on Comair (MN) between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Additionally you can use the site ‘Book travel on other airlines’ to check which airlines operate between Europe and South Africa. After entering route and travel date details the next screen will display flight details. Click on ‘Flight’ to see flight numbers and timings.

UK based former staff need to arrange tickets for travel on other airlines at least 2 days prior to travel to avoid any delays with e-tickets being issued. Non-UK staff need to allow 7 days.

Note: from 14 October 2015 Cape Town flights move from Terminal 5 LHR to Terminal 3 LHR. Johannesburg flights will continue to operate from Terminal 5 LHR.