Johannesburg - South African Airways (SAA) is adding to its African flight schedule to offer customers more travel options on the continent.
The most recent change is an increase on the Johannesburg–Lagos route, where the airline will offer eight frequencies per week, effective August 1 2014.
“All flights will be operated with a long-haul Airbus aircraft offering lie-flat seats in business class, which we anticipate will be welcomed by our business class travellers, as we have seen a tremendous growth in demand for premium travel in Africa,” said Kendy Phohleli, SAA's acting general manager commercial.
The new schedule will provide greater connectivity to the SAA network and accommodate the current passenger and cargo demand SAA is experiencing on the route.
Additionally, it will offer seamless travel for passengers en-route to Perth in Australia, Hong Kong and mainland China.
The new flight on Tuesdays will depart Johannesburg at 23:00 to arrive in Lagos at 04:15 the following day.
SA081 returns on Wednesdays from Lagos departing at 08:00, to arrive back in Johannesburg at 14:55.
“The increase on the Lagos route follows on previous increases to the airline’s Africa route network, in keeping with SAA’s strategy, where the focus is on strengthening our presence in Africa,” said Phohleli.
Africa routes on which frequencies were recently increased include flights from Johannesburg to the following destinations: Harare, Lusaka, Abidjan, Blantyre, Dar es Salaam, Kinshasa, Nairobi, Ndola and Windhoek.
SAA has also made changes to its international route network, where frequencies on the route between Johannesburg and Mumbai have been reduced by one per week to six weekly frequencies.
SAA will, however, offer the same number of seats as a bigger aircraft will be used on the Mumbai route.