SAA introduces flights to Nigeria
By TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE South African Airways (SAA) has announced the commencement of flights to Abuja.
The airliner said the inaugural flight, with a contingent of senior government officials and media guests on board, carried a substantial number of passengers proving the popularity of the route.
The aircraft was greeted with a traditional celebratory and welcoming water salute as it taxied into the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Wednesday.
SAA’s introduction of a second entry point in Nigeria, besides the ng-established daily flights to Lagos, forms part of the airline’s long-term turnaround Strategy.
“What better way to celebrate the new year, which promises to be a great year for continued growth on the continent, by adding a second point in Nigeria – one of the most popular and profitable routes in the SAA African route network.
“Introducing Abuja adds more travel options for our customers, especially for the business community, and enhances our footprint on the continent,” said SAA Acting Chief Commercial Officer Aaron Munetsi.
SAA said expanding air travel links showed the growth in bilateral relations between South Africa and Nigeria.
The three weekly non-stop flights between Johannesburg and Abuja will operate with modern Airbus 330-200 aircraft, offering SAA business class luxury and economy class comfort, with the latest in-flight entertainment content.
SAA said Abuja flights had been scheduled for seamless connectivity into SAA’s inter-continental route network to destinations such as Perth, Hong Kong and São Paulo.
– CAJ News
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