In a conference call held on the morning of May 13, United announced that it will file an application to the Department of Transportation to open a non-stop, year-round route from Washington Dulles Airport to Cape Town, South Africa.

The conference call was led by Josh Earnest, United’s Chief Communications Officer, and Patrick Quayle, United’s senior vice president of international network and alliances, who provided information regarding the new route and shared an outlook of United’s summer travel outlook.

The airline will apply to fly three times a week to the South African city: «is the logical and natural expansion of our international portfolio,» said Earnest. He cites bilateral trade treaties between Washington and Cape Town, the government-to-government connection, and the importance of the technological link between the cities.

This is a developing story.

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