South African Airways (SAA) on Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014, announced that it has commenced including additional frequencies to its network which will substantially increase air services to some of its key African routes.
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, 1st December, 2014, Harare, Zimbabwe and Maputo, Mozambique, have been included in the additional frequencies, 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,” SAA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Nico Bezuidenhout, said.
Presently, GDP growth in Mozambique, 7 percent – African Development Bank; and the Democratic Republic of Congo, 8.1 percent- African Development Bank; exceed World Bank growth statistics for the continent, 4.7 percent-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,” the SAA acting Chief Executive Officer said.
Effective, Monday, 1st December, 2014, SAA increased frequencies between Johannesburg and Maputo by 24 percent from 17 to 21 weekly frequencies, effective, Monday, 1st December, 2014, Johannesburg and Harare from 18 to 19 every week, 6 percent; effective, Thursday, 4th December, 2014, Johannesburg and Kinshasa from 6 to 7 a week, 17 percent; and effective, Thursday, 4th December, 2014; Johannesburg and Mauritius from 9 to 10 weekly frequencies, 11 percent increase.