Johannesburg - South African Airways (SAA)
said its recently-introduced flights from its Johannesburg hub to Abuja,
Nigeria, holds much potential for growth on the continent.
SAA launched the launched non-stop flights between the
two cities, adding to the already strong links between the two powerhouses on
the African continent.
“Not only do we connect Abuja with South Africa, but our
three weekly flights are timed for easy connections to other parts of Africa
which we serve, with the potential of taking our customers from our
Johannesburg hub to further international destinations,” said Aaron Munetsi,
SAA Chief Commercial Officer (Acting).
He said since adding Abuja as a second entry point into
Nigeria our network team has been hard at work to capture more feeder traffic
and source markets for travelers to and from Abuja.
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The route launch, which adds the Abuja as the destination
SAA serves on the continent has shown much interest since the launch a month
ago with load factors gradually increasing on each flight.
Munetsi said the Nigerian market was keen on business
travel with business class load factors between Johannesburg and Nigeria
approaching 70 percent for Lagos and a steady increase for Abuja.
This connectivity makes
it easier for regional traders, leisure travellers, those visiting
friends and relatives, the diplomatic
community and international organisations, as well as communities from the
northern and central parts of Nigeria to connect through O R Tambo
International Airport (ORTIA) to other destinations in Africa and
The three weekly non-stop flights between Abuja and
Johannesburg are operated by modern Airbus 330-200 aircraft, offering SAA Business
class luxury and Economy class comfort, with the latest in-flight entertainment
- CAJ News