South African airline to expand service in continent

plane__Dave_HeutsSouth African Airways (SAA) has added two new destinations, Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire and Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo, to its network of African routes

The airline will introduce twice-weekly services to these destinations from September 13, 2012, SAA announced.

With Abidjan and Brazzaville, South Africa’s national carrier has now added seven new African destinations to its network since October 2011.

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire's economic capital and largest city, is the third-largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris and Kinshasa, and is considered a cultural hub of Francophone West Africa. Brazzaville, on the other hand, is the financial and administrative capital of the Republic of Congo.

“SAA has also secured traffic rights between Accra and Abidjan, which enables the carrier to serve customers flying between these two cities in either direction,” the airline said in a statement.

“Both the new flights are scheduled to fit optimally with the arrival and departure of SAA’s international flights at OR Tambo International Airport, thereby offering passengers convenient connections through Johannesburg.”

SAA’s general manager commercial Theunis Potgieter said, “The airline is focused on ensuring that connections to developing African business and leisure hubs are strengthened.”

The Brazzaville route will be served by an Airbus A319-200 aircraft, while the Abidjan service will be operated on the same Airbus A330-200 aircraft that serves Accra.

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