LONON – South African Airways continues to rebuild on its new global strategy with the airline adding a three times weekly service from Johannesburg to Lagos, Nigeria with flights starting later this year on December 12. The airline has been flying to Nigeria for the last 23 years and the resumption of the service is a welcome addition to the now ever-growing network on the African continent.
Thomas Kgokolo, Interim CEO of South African Airways said: “This specific destination takes SAA into one of the biggest travel markets in Africa and we’re delighted that we are again able to resume operations, providing a link between Africa’s two biggest economies,”
“Our intention is to continue to develop our route network driven by passenger demand and revenue potential. We are constantly evaluating opportunities in the local, regional and international markets,”
The airline is rebuilding following its financial collapse and relaunching this route has shown the airlines commitment to rebuilding not just its global route network but also its desire to focus and build and prosperous African network in one of the continents worst hit by the covid-19 pandemic and one which Boeing has valued to be worth over $400 Billion dollars over the next 20 years.
The service to Lagos will function as a key commercial and economic link between the two countries but will also now serve as a beacon to help increase and return the tourism market for both countries. South African Airways has said it will continue to work closely alongside the South African Tourism Board to promote the country in not just Nigeria with the expectation that this will then allow the generation of more visitors and travelers as the COVID restrictions that were bottlenecking this travel have been removed.