Cape Town - South African Airways' (SAA) has launched flights to Abuja, as a second gateway in Nigeria the airline said.
The inaugural flight took off with a contingent of senior government officials and guests on board - proving the local and international popularity of the route.
The flight departed on Tuesday 26 January at 23:55 from Johannesburg via Lagos and landed in Abuja Wednesday morning 07:30.
The flight was greeted with a traditional welcome ceremony as guests entered into Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
SAA's entry points into Nigeria is Lagos, to where it flies daily and now Abuja, with Abuja flight enabling the movement of travellers as well as goods between Southern and West Africa.
“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,” says Aaron Munetsi, SAA Acting Chief Commercial Officer.
What you need to know:
The three weekly non-stop flights between Johannesburg and Abuja will operate with modern Airbus 330-200 aircraft, offering SAA Business class luxury and Economy class comfort, with the latest in-flight entertainment content.
Current prices from R6596 return
Days of the week: Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays
Depart from OR Tambo Johannesburg: 23:00 pm
Arrive in Abuja: 04:10 am following day
Days of the week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
Depart from Abuja: 08:45 am
Arrive in Johannesburg: 15:40 pm
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