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SAA's makes steady inroads into Nigeria

30 May 2013, 15:06Savious Kwinika

Johannesburg - South African Airways (SAA) attributes its success on the African continent to banishing the idea that domestic routes were only a preserve of locally-based airlines.

The carrier has made inroads in that regard with flights to Lagos and Abuja as the continent’s leading air carrier makes the most of the booming business between Nigeria and South Africa.

SAA, which is currently dominating the Lagos-Johannesburg route, is now deeply penetrating into the interior Nigeria where it boasts of its well serviced and dependable flights to conquer the Nigerian market.

Previously, the lucrative Abuja-Lagos route was widely believed to be the preserve of local airlines such as Dana Air and Arik Air.

SAA Regional General Manager for Africa and Middle East, Aaron Munetsi, said while also servicing the Abuja route, SAA had plans to grow its business on the Johannesburg-Lagos route following an increase in demand.

“We banished the idea that any route depends on the nationals of that particular country alone to make the flights profitable. We are a network carrier and that is what drives our business.

"SAA aspires to remain a leading airline in Africa and we achieve this objective by serving as many destinations as frequently as possible. With demand high for our excellent product offering, we make sure that we are positioned to serve our customers,” Munetsi said.

He said the traffic between Nigeria and South Africa has been exceptional as the economic ties between the two countries grew.

To date, SAA operates to 26 destinations in 23 countries on the African continent.

- CAJ News



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