South African Airways has announced that it is significantly expanding its services into Africa, increasing its capacity in the regional market by over 50% to certain destinations.
In addition to South Africa, the airline serves 15 points in Africa with 79 flights a week. These destinations include Harare, Victoria Falls, Bulawayo, Maputo, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Lusaka, Luanda, Mauritius, Windhoek, Lagos, Abidjan, Accra, Blantyre and Lilongwe.
As a result of enhanced scheduling and additional aircraft, it is able to grow both its domestic market in South Africa and increase its services into Africa. Between the end of October and December this year, South African Airways plans to increase its services from its Johannesburg hub to Nairobi from 4 to 7 round trips per week, Victoria Falls from 9 to 11 flights per week, Harare from 10 to 11 per week, Lusaka from 6 to 7 flights per week and Maputo from 8 to 10 weekly flights. Subject to route rights and regulatory approval, the airline plans to increase its flights to Harare to 13 per week, Bulawayo from 3 weekly flights to 7 and 14 flights per week to Victoria Falls.
South African Express Airways also announced the start of 11 weekly services to Eros (Namibia) this month which will increase to 12 weekly flights in November.
Commenting on the flight additions, Coleman Andrews, Chief Executive and President of South African Airways said: “Africa is a key market for SAA. We currently have more flights to more African destinations than any other carrier. With these new flight increases as well as additional planned expansion in 2001, we will further improve our service for our customers and alliance partners through increased flight availability and better connections to African destinations.”
The new developments and time changes on certain routes will assist business people in their travels as they no longer have to plan meetings around limited flight schedules but according to their convenience. South African Airways is also consistently boosting tourism into the country as increased frequency in and out of South Africa, will assist in expanding the regional markets.