JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH African Airways (SAA) with effect from today has added one more flight to Â Harare and Â four more Â to Maputo as part of its drive to increase Â 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 Â per week .
â€œThe strengthening of these routes comes in the wake of positive load factors and increased traffic between the countries,â€ 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.
â€œAir 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.â€
According to the African Development Bank Â GDP growth in Mozambique Â is seven percent and the Democratic Republic of Congo 8.1% exceeding World Bank growth statistics for the continent.
Meanwhile South Africaâ€™s trade and demand for leisure and business travel to Mauritius is growing at a steadily.