July, 2002, JOHANNESBURG: Due to an increasing demand for seats on the Johannesburg-London route, South African Airways (SAA) will increase its flights to 21 a week from October 27.
SAA presently operate 20 frequencies to London per week. During the past nine months, South Africa has experienced a 22% increase of British residents and other people from Europe visiting the country. This has placed a great strain on the seats available on SAA flights.
During the past year, we have been trying to secure additional slots at Heathrow. We are happy to announce that from October 27, we will offer two daily flights from Johannesburg and a daily flight from Cape Town to London.
By the end of October, SAA will have a total 41 flights to Europe; 21 to London, seven to Frankfurt, seven to Zurich/Paris, three to Milan and three to Copenhagen.
Although South Africa and Britain presently hold 32 frequencies each, South Africa uses 20, while British airlines use 28 of their 32 slots allocated. From the end of October, the bilateral capacity will increase to 34 frequencies per country.
This additional service, coupled with the introduction of 3 services weekly to both Copenhagen and Milan should satisfy the increasing demand by tourists to visit South Africa.