South African tourism welcomes United’s nonstop service to Johannesburg

On June 3, South African Tourism (SAT) and United Airlines celebrated the airline’s launch of a new daily non-stop service between New York / Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg (JNB). The new flight will depart Newark daily at 8:45 p.m. and arrive in South Africa at 5:45 p.m. the next day. With the addition of this new route, United now operates more flights to South Africa than any other US carrier.

Yesterday’s Gate event, held at Newark Liberty Airport, featured a performance of the age-old indlamu dance by Zulu dancers who donned full traditional attire and were accompanied by live drums. Special guests at the ceremony included Dr Motumisi Tawana, Consul General of South Africa; Jerry Mpufane President, South African Tourism North America Hub; and Tom Kozlowski, head of international network planning, United Airlines.


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“We promised our travelers that South Africa will be waiting for them once travel can safely resume and in partnership with United Airlines, we are not just keeping that promise, but making the trip to Africa South easier and more accessible than ever. Mpufane said. “South Africa is a vibrant destination with astonishing diversity. With its bustling cities, natural space for outdoor experiences, cultures and stories rich to learn and discover, we are confident that it will exceed the wildest imagination of visitors and provide unforgettable memories.

The new Newark-Johannesburg flights will be operated aboard a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which includes 48 United Polaris business class seats, 88 United Economy Plus and 116 United Economy seats.

South Africa reopened to tourism in November 2020 with the requirement that international travelers provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Among the high health and safety protocols that remain in place is the mandate that residents and visitors wear masks when occupying public spaces.

Zulu dancers at United Airlines Newark-Johannesburg New Route Launch Event.
Zulu dancers at United Airlines Newark-Johannesburg New Route Launch Event. (photo courtesy of South African Tourism)

South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, is also one of the country’s main cultural hubs and is home to many landmarks, as well as prominent institutions, museums, theaters, galleries and libraries. It’s also a great base for exploring the rest of the country’s varied and vibrant landscapes, ranging from lush coastlines to grassy plains, mountains and deserts. The bustling provinces of South Africa provide plenty of opportunities to explore the region’s unique history and culture, observe local wildlife, and enjoy world-class accommodation and dining experiences along the way. .

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