South African Airways realigns route network

SAA Airbus1South African Airways (SAA) has unveiled plans to realign its network to expand and strengthen its services to a number of key African destinations.

The move follows the strategic objectives of the airline’s long-term turnaround strategy ‘Gaining Altitude’ and is reaffirms its focus on maintaining a commercially sustainable African route network.

Kendy Phohleli, SAA general manager: Commercial (acting), said: “These plans are captured in our African Expansion Strategy where we aim to increase frequencies on routes with higher passenger volumes with the achievement and maintenance of commercial sustainability our ultimate aim.”

Frequencies which will be increased are as follows:

  • Effective 10 December 2013 flights between Johannesburg and Kinshasa (DRC) will increase from 4 to 6 per week
  • Effective 13 December 2013 flights between Johannesburg and Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) will be increased from 12 to 13 per week
  • Effective 12 January next year flights between Johannesburg and Windhoek (Namibia) will increase from 20 to 21 per week
  • Effective 13 January flights between Johannesburg and Ndola (Zambia) will increase from 19 to 20 per week
  • Effective 14 January 2014 flights between Johannesburg and Lusaka (Zambia) will increase from 19 to 20 per week.

SAA fins1Further to these new developments, SAA customers travelling on some regional routes into Africa, such as Mauritius and Nairobi, can experience the airline’s brand new Airbus A320 aircraft. SAA has taken delivery of two new A320s, which forms part of a 20 new-aircraft order. These aircraft are configured with 24 Business Class and 114 Economy Class seats.

Other changes to the African route network mean that from 7 December 2013, SAA will no longer operate its own aircraft between Johannesburg and Bujumbura and Kigali, but will service this market through its recently announced code share partner RwandAir.