British Airways customers have placed Cape Town as one of their top five long-haul destinations for the Christmas, New Year period according to the number of bookings made.

This makes it the third most popular place to be visited on the airline’s long-haul network over the Christmas and New Year period with New York and Miami being first and second and Dubai and Hong Kong being fourth and fifth respectively.

“It’s a significant achievement as this isn’t a poll of people saying they might like to visit Cape Town some time, but customers who actually hold bookings and will be arriving here over the next few weeks,” said Daniel Bainbridge, British Airways strategic commercial development manager in South Africa.

British Airways had increased its London to Cape Town schedule from daily flights to two flights per day in October 2012.