South African Airways increases frequency to daily flights on Mumbai Johannesburg route
Effective October 4, 2012, South African Airways (SAA) has decided to increase its flights on Mumbai-Johannesburg route from existing six a week to daily. In addition, the airline will also increase flights on Johannesburg-Kenya route and add additional c
The increase of frequency on Mumbai and Johannesburg route has been prompted by huge demand. The additional frequency comes hot on the heels of the fifth weekly frequency the airline launched on June 16, 2012 and the sixth on August 21, 2012.
„The increase in frequencies echoes SAA's commitment to the Indian market. This is also SAA's response to market demand as over the past three years where there has been a consistent growth in the market between southern Africa and India,‰ said the airline sources. SAA is the only direct carrier between Mumbai and Johannesburg. The route is being serviced with an Airbus A330-200 with a cargo capacity of 15-16 tonne per flight.
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SAA sources also informed that Nairobi got three additional flights, bringing the tally to 10 flights per week effective from September 13, 2012 when the airline added three additional flights to its daily schedule between Johannesburg and Nairobi in Kenya. SAA will continue operating this route with a combination of the Boeing B737-800s.
Furthermore, to meet demand, SAA will add capacity to its other popular routes. In addition, a wide-body aircraft will be deployed to meet demand on the Johannesburg/ Mauritius route, which has historically proved to be more popular during this period.
„ This announcement is part of SAA's overall route optimisation, which is in line with our strategy to ensure better, more frequent regional and long- haul services on routes showing a growing demand for business from South and southern Africa,‰ said the airline sources. The strongest growth is currently being experienced on SAA routes to various destinations in Africa and Latin America from India.