Johannesburg - South African Airways (SAA) has added additional frequencies to its network, which will substantially increase air services to some of its key African routes.
The airline announced in a press release that the additional capacity injection answers the commercial mandate of the Long-Term Turnaround Strategy (LTTS), and is in response to positive market growth.
As of Monday, SAA has included additional frequencies to Harare (Zimbabwe) and Maputo (Mozambique), with Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Mauritius to follow.
“The strengthening of these routes comes in the wake of positive load factors and increased traffic between the countries,” says SAA Acting Chief Executive Officer Nico Bezuidenhout.
Presently, GDP growth in Mozambique (7% - African Development Bank) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (8.1%- African Development Bank) exceed World Bank growth statistics for the continent (4.7%-2013) while South Africa’s trade and demand for leisure and business travel to Mauritius is growing at a steady pace.
“Air lift services traditionally lead GDP in all markets and also track the rate of increased leisure travel, investment and business engagement between South Africa and its continental peers.”
Effective 1 December SAA increased frequencies:
- Johannesburg and Maputo from 17 to 21 weekly frequencies
- Johannesburg and Harare from 18 to 19 every week
Effective 4 December SAA increased frequencies:
- Johannesburg and Kinshasa from 6 to 7 a week
- Johannesburg and Mauritius from 9 to 10 weekly frequencies
Updated schedules are available across all SAA distribution channels, including its website www.flysaa.com.