Virgin Atlantic is resuming seasonal service to Cape Town, six years after axing the South African city from its network.

The UK carrier will operate daily Boeing 787-9 flights between London Heathrow and Cape Town from 25 October, complementing its existing daily service to Johannesburg.

Virgin Atlantic 787 (shutterstock)

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Virgin Atlantic’s chief commercial officer, Juha Jarvinen, says in a statement that he expects to see “a high proportion of leisure travellers on this route taking advantage of the winter sun, the safaris and, of course, the world-famous wine region”.

The airline will compete with British Airways on the Heathrow-Cape Town route, Cirium’s schedules data shows.

Virgin Atlantic announced in September 2014 that it was withdrawing Cape Town from its network in order to focus more heavily on transatlantic routes.