South African Airways Adds Rwanda and Burundi to African Network

South African Airways Adds Rwanda and Burundi to African Network

South African Airways Adds Rwanda and Burundi to African Network

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South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, has added two more travel options to its African route network as part of the airline’s growth plans on the continent. Effective January 17, 2012, SAA will commence operations from Johannesburg to Kigali (Rwanda) and onwards to Bujumbura (Burundi). The return flights will operate from Bujumbura to Kigali and onwards to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. These flights are now available for reservations in the Global Distribution System (GDS’s), through your travel agent, and via flysaa.com, the airline’s online website.

The new Kigali and Bujumbura flights have been conveniently timed to provide global connections via our Johannesburg hub and to SAA’s international network, including Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, North America and Australia.

“SAA is focused on strengthening its intra-Africa network in line with its Africa Expansion programme. Adding even more destinations to our already extensive Africa route network gives our customers more travel options to thriving destinations that were previously difficult to reach by air,” says Theunis Potgieter, SAA General Manager Commercial.

In addition to being the capital city of Rwanda, Kigali is also its economic, cultural and tourist transit hub. Bujumbura is Burundi’s capital and largest city and is close to the country’s main port, shipping coffee as its primary export.

The route between Johannesburg to Kigali and onwards to Bujumbura will be serviced three times a week by SAA’s state-of-the-art Airbus A319 aircraft, which is able to accommodate 120 passengers in a two class (business and economy) configuration.

SAA’s most recent addition to its African route network was the start of flights to Ndola, Zambia on October 2nd. The Ndola service is largely aligned to growth in demand from mining executives, especially those flying into South Africa from countries such as Australia.

Schedule for Johannesburg – Kigali – Bujumbura:
Flight SA088
Operates Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
Departs Johannesburg at 13h00, arrives Kigali at 17h00

Flight SA088
Operates Tuesday, Friday, Sunday
Departs Kigali at 17h50, arrives Bujumbura at 18h40

Schedule for Bujumbura – Kigali – Johannesburg:
Flight SA089
Operates Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
Departs Bujumbura at 07h50, arrives Kigali at 08h45

Flight SA089
Operates Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
Departs Kigali at 09h35, arrives Johannesburg at 13h35

SAA’s Africa route network:
Accra (Ghana); Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) (code share); Blantyre & Lilongwe (Malawi); Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania); Dakar (Senegal); Douala (Cameroon); Libreville (Gabon); Entebbe (Uganda); Kinshasa (DRC); Harare & Vic Falls (Zimbabwe); Luanda (Angola); Lusaka, Livingstone, Ndola (Zambia); Maputo (Mozambique); Mauritius; Nairobi (Kenya); Windhoek (Namibia).

Issued by:
Dileseng Koetle
Acting Head Group Corporate Affairs
Tel: +27 11 978 2298
Mobile: +27 83 400 0041
Email: DilesengKoetle(at)flysaa(dot)com or media(at)flysaa(dot)com
Web: http://www.flysaa.com

About SAA
South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 20 destinations across the continent, as well as major destinations within South Africa and throughout the globe, from its hub, Johannesburg. It is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance. SAA’s core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA and its four wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low cost carrier; Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA and South African Travel Centre (SATC). SAA CEO Siza Mzimela is the first woman to be appointed into the IATA Board of Directors in its 67 year history. SAA is the winner of the ‘Best Airline in Africa’ Award in the regional category for 9 consecutive years and the winner of ‘Service Excellence Africa’ for two consecutive years. Mango and SAA hold the number one and number two successive spots as South Africa’s most on time airlines.

Source: prweb



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