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Air France direct flights from Cape Town

Transit via the City of Love and Light to anywhere in world

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 October 2022 

When Air France resumes its direct flights between Cape Town and Paris on 30 October 2022, you won’t only get the chance to travel to the City of Love and Light, you’ll have access to over 100 destinations connecting from Paris. New York, Montreal, London, Nice, Prague, Zurich, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Santa Clause’s home in Finland among them. 

And to celebrate the return of Air France, you stand a chance to win 2 return flights to Europe, courtesy of Air France. (see details below)

From the City of Love and Light to the world! Image: Air France

There will be three weekly Boeing 787-9 flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and Cape Town International Airport. In addition to Cape Town, Air France also has seven daily flights to Johannesburg.

Travelling Air France adds a dose of wonder to your end-of-year travel plans because the direct flights open you up to incredible bucket-list destinations. 

Paris at night and over Christmas is magical. Image: Air France

Travelling on Air France will give you the joie de vivre of a Parisian holiday, and, if you choose, the magic of seeing the Christmas lights in London or the New Year’s Eve ball drop in New York's Time Square. 

Don't miss the opportunity to take you and the family directly to Santa's hometown in RovaNiemi, Finland, a route specially put into the Air France network for the Christmas period. And that’s only three of the long-haul and medium-haul flights on the network.

Joie de vivre of Paris, yes please! Image: Air France 


The non-stop flight from Paris to Cape Town takes 11 hours and 10 minutes, and is equipped with three cabins on board; business class, premium economy and economy class. 

Air France Flight AF871 will depart Cape Town International on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 00:25am and arrive in Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport at 11:10am the same day. 

The return to Cape Town will leave Paris-Charles De Gaulle on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:10am and arrive at Cape Town International at 22:20pm the same day.

The non-stop flight from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Johannesburg is operated with a Boeing 777-300 aircraft and has a total flying time of 10 hours and 40 minutes. 

The Air France flight AF995 departs OR Tambo International at 19h50 and arrives in Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport at 05h55 the next day. The return departs Paris-Charles De Gaulle at 21h15 and arrives at OR Tambo International at 08h55 the following morning.

Three flights from Cape Town a week, non-stop. Image: Air France


If you’re going to do a transit flight, there are a million reasons to choose Paris. Fine French wining and dining, iconic destinations and attractions all make the City of Love and Light that special place you have to experience at least once. So whether you choose to spend a day or a week, save time in your stop-over itinerary for the following:

  1. The Eiffel Tower - A trip to Paris is incomplete without a visit to this symbol of Light and Love. Don’t miss the light show that sees it sparkle for 5 minutes every hour on the hour from sundown. 

  1. Arc de Triomphe -  A remarkable architectural symbol honouring the French Revolution, it has become the must-have backdrop snap of a Paris stop-over.

  1. Louvre Museum - Book ahead to avoid the queues and see some of the world's most famous masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa and the Vénus de Milo.

  1. Disneyland Paris - Meet the famous Disney family just outside Paris. The entertainment resort has over 50 unique rides and attractions, with something to satisfy both young and old.  

The Arc de Triomphe is an architectural marvel. Image: Unsplash


Air France coming back to Cape Town means South Africans can take advantage of the ultimate transit travel from the City of Love and Light to over 100 destinations in the world.

Air France flies to over 171 routes across the world from its hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Here are a few worth considering for your Christmas and New Year's holiday.

New York: See the Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree Lighting and the ball drop in Times Square on New Year's Eve.  

All the Manhattan style you need. Image: Air France

RovaNiemi in Finland: The official hometown of Santa Claus was specially put into the Air France network for the Christmas period. Meet Santa Claus and cross the magical Arctic Circle daily at Santa Claus Village for magical family memories. 

Meet Santa Claus in Finland. Image: Air France

London: Shopping, theatre, food or football - the attractions are endless in London. Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye make this one of the world's most famous cities. 

Spend the day or longer in an iconic city like London. Image: Air France

Montreal: With its deep French roots, explore the cobblestone streets of Montreal, also the home of the famous Cirque du Soleil.

Step into this North Atlantic French connection. Image: Air France

Nice: Stroll along the colourful facades and enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean sea, or use this seaside paradise as a gateway to Monaco. 

Nice, one of the most popular holiday destinations on the French Riviera. Image: Air France

Prague: The capital of the Czech Republic offers historic and stunning architecture, from castles to Gothic cathedrals; art, high fashion and beautiful medieval scenery.

Zurich: A city escape surrounded by snow-capped mountains. You can explore glaciers, crystal clear lakes, beautiful alpine meadows, and the world's best watches and chocolates.

Oslo: A must-visit destination for art lovers, Oslo also combines city life with the beauty of nature, and it's perfect for island hopping in the inner Oslo Fjord. 

Stockholm: Stockholm balances the old world with the contemporary really well. Visit breathtaking fjords, experience being a star at ABBA The Museum and explore the Skansen Open-Air Museum.


From the allure of exploring legendary Paris, to the glitzy drip of New York and the French heritage of Montreal and more, one very lucky reader stands a chance to win 2 Air France tickets. Competition launches 12 October 2022. Look out for it:

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Win your French Connection to your favourite destination. Image: Air France


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From Paris to the world with love, courtesy of Air France. Image: Air France 



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