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South African Tourism Welcomes Return of Delta Airlines

South African Tourism welcomes Delta

On August 1, South African Tourism (SAT) welcomed back the return of Delta Airlines nonstop service between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg and celebrated 15 years of flying to South Africa.

The flight will be operated on A350-900neo departing Atlanta at 7:00 pm arriving in South Africa at 4:30 pm the next day. Return flight leaves Johannesburg at 10:55 pm and arrives in Atlanta at 9:15 am the same day.

Passengers will enjoy Delta’s longest flight on board its state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900neo offering four cabin experiences including its Delta One Suites that offers travelers a personalized experience, with a full-height door for enhanced privacy and comfort, and a fully flat-bed seat with direct aisle access. Additionally, the Airbus is 25% more fuel efficient than the Boeing 777 it replaces, helping reduce carbon emissions.



“The return of the vital Atlanta to Johannesburg flight service underscores the passion travelers feel and have missed of our beautiful country,” said Jerry Mpufane, President of South African Tourism, North America.

“The reconnection of two major global hubs is critical to our return to business and marks another milestone in the reopening of South Africa to global leisure and business travelers in time for the late summer and fall travel season. Together with our Delta Airlines partners, we look forward to welcoming travelers to one of the world’s premiere bucket list destinations where unrivaled adventure, natural beauty, history, food and culture await to feed their wanderlust.”

Delta’s service between Johannesburg and Atlanta will operate as follows:




Days of the week


Atlanta at 19:00

Johannesburg at 16:30 (next day)

Wednesday, Friday, Sunday


Johannesburg at 22:55

Atlanta at 09:15

Monday, Thursday, Saturday


Johannesburg, affectionately referred to as Joburg or Jozi, is South Africa’s biggest city and its financial and industrial capital. The buzzing metropolis offers visitors a variety of experiences including vibrant nightlife, cutting edge galleries and museums, hip restaurants and cafes and more. 

South Africa has been open for tourism since November 2020 with health and safety protocols in place including travellers requiring a negative Covid-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival as well as visitors and locals alike wearing face masks in public.

Photo shows: The South African Tourism North America team including Judy Pillay, Manager: Stakeholder Relations (L) and Justin Barnette, Head: Marketing & Communications (R), celebrate with Delta’s Chuck Imhof, Vice President New York & Sales, East (c), marking return of its Atlanta-Johannesburg service, which began Sunday August 1.

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