SAA Adding New Routes Ahead Of Holidays

The airline said it is in the ‘second phase’ of its network rebuild following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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South African Airways (SAA), eyeing increased demand over the holiday period, is launching three new routes from Johannesburg (JNB) this month.

From Dec. 8, the airline will start 2X-daily service between JNB and Windhoek (WDH) in Nambia, which SAA cited as a popular destination for tourists going on safaris.

From Dec. 12, SAA will add a domestic route: JNB-Port Elizabeth (PLZ). The airline said it anticipates high demand over the holiday season on the route, which will be flown 3X-daily with an Airbus A320 aircraft.

From Dec. 14, the carrier will open 6X-weekly flights between JNB and Victoria Falls (VFA) in Zimbabwe. “Victoria Falls remains a popular tourist destination and the airline is proud to take its customers to the magnificence of one of the world's largest waterfalls,” SAA said in a statement. Flights on the route will operate every day but Saturdays.

Additionally, SAA has increased frequencies between JNB and Harare (HRE) in Zimbabwe from 7X-weekly to 10X-weekly and upped flying between JNB and Mauritius (MRU) from 4x-weekly to 7X-weekly.

“We are relentlessly working on expanding the network of destinations we serve to enhance seamless travel connectivity,” SAA CEO John Lamola said in a statement. “Our new routes, along with increased frequencies to our regional destinations, represent the second phase of our post-COVID restart operations.”