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Monday, 22 June 2009

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS BUILDS CAPACITY IN WEST AFRICA, STRENGTHENS PERTH AND BUENOS AIRES


South African Airways (SAA) has added capacity to its African network in keeping with its African strategy, while strengthening its network with additional flights from Perth, Western Australia and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

According to Thevan Krishna, SAA's Head of Australasia, the changes are in line with changes to passenger demand in the current environment.

"We have assessed off-peak flights on several domestic African and international routes, reducing flights in keeping with a decline in demand," Thevan said.

"However we are continuing to take up new opportunities in line with our plans to grow our extensive African routes and as a result, SAA's presence in West Africa has been strengthened while more flights have been added on routes from Australia and Argentina. Further increasing our footprint in West Africa, three extra flights have been added to the popular West African destination of Lagos, Nigeria. This increases the number of frequencies on this route from four to seven per week."

"On four of these days, SAA will use a Boeing 747-400 on this route due to increased demand as well as the requirement for a first class service on this route."

"Also in West Africa, flights to Douala, Cameroon, will increase from two to three per week."

As previously announced, SAA is going daily out of Perth on September 1, increasing the number of flights from five to seven per week, while flights from Johannesburg to Buenos Aires, Argentina, will increase from two to three per week.

"SAA will continue to closely monitor market demand and look for new market opportunities going forward. Further expansion of flight frequencies throughout Africa is expected to take place later this year," Thevan concluded.

For more information on SAA flights and reservations please call 1300 435 972 or www.flysaa.com

SAA flies non-stop from Perth to Johannesburg five times a week and six times a week from Sydney. SAA flies to 39 cities in 29 countries on six continents and is the leading carrier in Africa. New Zealand passengers can connect through Sydney or Perth for the fastest way to reach the African continent. SAA is consistently voted the 'Best Airline & Cabin Crew in Africa', winning it again for the 15th consecutive year in the Travel Weekly Globe Awards in London. SAA took out top honours at the World Travel Awards in London, winning three awards in the Africa category. SAA is a member of STAR, the world's largest and most comprehensive airline alliance consisting of 18 of the world's leading airlines and 842 airport destinations across 155 countries.

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