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

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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.

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