SAA increases flights to Harare and other key African destinations

JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH African Airways (SAA) with effect from today has added one more flight to  Harare and  four more  to Maputo as part of its drive to increase  air services to some of its key African routes.

With effect from yesterday the national carrier increased its flights to Harare from 18 to 19  per week .

“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.

The additional capacity injection answers the commercial mandate of the Long-Term Turnaround Strategy (LTTS), and is in response to positive market growth.

Also effective 1 December SAA increased frequencies between Johannesburg and Maputo by 24% from 17 to 21 weekly frequencies, with Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Mauritius to follow.

“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.”

According to the African Development Bank  GDP growth in Mozambique  is seven percent and the Democratic Republic of Congo 8.1% exceeding World Bank growth statistics for the continent.

Meanwhile South Africa’s trade and demand for leisure and business travel to Mauritius is growing at a steadily.