South African Airways (SAA) management, said it will on January 26, 2016, begin direct flight services between Abuja and Jo’burg as tickets are now on sale on all SAA’s distribution channels.
According to the airline, the three weekly flights will operate non-stop between Johannesburg and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja aboard modern Airbus 330-200s, offering SAA Business class comfort and luxury, with the latest in In-flight entertainment.
In excitement, the airline says adding a second gateway in Nigeria to SAA’s existing daily service to Lagos materially strengthens SAA’s position in West Africa where it plays a significant role in enabling the movement of goods and people between Southern Africa and West Africa thereby enhancing the growing trade and cultural exchanges between these two regions.
The addition of Abuja to SAA’s network follows closely on the successful introduction of the Accra, Ghana to Washington Dulles, USA route, as a West African platform in August 2015.
SAA launched flights between Accra, Ghana and Washington DC in North America, in cooperation with Africa World Airways. The introduction of the Accra to Washington route has seen a steady growth in the number of passengers using this route and has performed in line with expectations.
This has provided SAA with the confidence to invest further and enhance its footprint in West Africa.