SAA introduces Abuja as second gateway in Nigeria

(iStock)
(iStock)

Abuja - South African Airways (SAA) has launched flights to Abuja as a second gateway in Nigeria.

SAA’s introduction of a second entry point in Nigeria, besides the long-established daily flights to Lagos, forms part of the airline’s Long-Term Turnaround Strategy.

A second gateway in Nigeria materially strengthens SAA’s position in West Africa, where it plays a significant role in enabling the movement of goods and people between Southern and West Africa, according to airline spokespoerson Tlali Tlali.

“What better way to celebrate the New Year and 2016, which promises to be a great year for continued growth on the continent, by adding a second point in Nigeria – one of the most popular and profitable routes in the SAA African route network. Introducing Abuja adds more travel options for our customers, especially for the business community, and enhances our footprint on the continent,” said Aaron Munetsi, SAA acting chief commercial officer.

This second entry point in Nigeria gives expression to the implementation of SAA’s long haul strategy, which identified growth on the African continent as one of its key objectives. Nigeria is one of the fastest-growing air travel markets in sub-Saharan Africa and will be well served with SAA’s additional services to Abuja.

Expanding these air travel links also speaks to the growth in bilateral relations between South Africa and Nigeria. Historically, the two countries have had strong diplomatic, social and fraternal ties as the two economic powerhouses of Africa.

The three weekly non-stop flights between Johannesburg and will operate with modern Airbus 330-200 aircraft, offering SAA business class and economy class.

Abuja flights have been scheduled for seamless connectivity into SAA’s inter-continental route network to destinations such as Perth, Hong Kong and São Paulo, making it easier for regional traders, leisure travellers, those visiting friends and relatives, diplomatic communities and international organisations from the northern and central parts of Nigeria to connect through O R Tambo International Airport to SAA’s inter-continental and regional route network.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
ZAR/USD
15.08
(-0.25)
ZAR/GBP
20.71
(-0.21)
ZAR/EUR
18.34
(-0.25)
ZAR/AUD
11.67
(-0.14)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(-0.18)
Gold
1849.00
(-0.09)
Silver
25.39
(-0.07)
Platinum
1092.55
(-0.42)
Brent Crude
55.81
(-0.07)
Palladium
2307.01
(+0.38)
All Share
63923.63
(-0.99)
Top 40
58720.55
(-1.16)
Financial 15
11739.17
(+1.64)
Industrial 25
86905.72
(-2.21)
Resource 10
61913.62
(-0.55)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo
Company Snapshot
Voting Booth
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, and I've gotten it.
21% - 748 votes
No, I did not.
52% - 1863 votes
My landlord refused
28% - 996 votes
Vote