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Mauritius to benefit from South African Airways move to increase flight frequency

Mauritius to benefit from South African Airways move to increase flight frequency

This increase in weekly flight frequency between Johannesburg and Mauritius to 10, from 9 earlier, comes in the wake of South Africa’s trade and demand for leisure and business travel to Mauritius having grown at a steady pace. (Image: Fly fly travel)

Mauritius has seen an increase in its flight frequency to South Africa effective December 04, 2014, with 10 weekly flights now connecting Johannesburg and Mauritius from 9 earlier, following the strategic move of South African Airways (SAA) to increase services to some of its key African routes.

This increase in flights comes in the wake of South Africa’s trade and demand for leisure and business travel to Mauritius having grown at a steady pace.

The additional capacity injection answers the commercial mandate of the Long-Term Turnaround Strategy (LTTS) of South African Airways, and is in response to positive market growth.

Harare in Zimbabwe, Maputo in Mozambique, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mauritius feature in the list of locations that have received additional coverage from South Africa’s premier airlines.

“The strengthening of these routes comes in the wake of positive load factors and increased traffic between the countries,” said the Acting Chief Executive Officer at SAA, Nico Bezuidenhout.

Presently, GDP growth in Mozambique (7% according to the African Development Bank- AfDB) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (8.1%, AfDB estimates) exceed World Bank growth statistics for the continent (4.7% for 2013).

“Air lift services traditionally lead GDP in all markets and also track the rate of increased leisure travel, investment and business engagement between South Africa and its continental peers,” Nico Bezuidenhout said.

Furthermore, effective since December 01, 2014, SAA has increased frequencies between Johannesburg and Maputo by 24% from 17 to 21 weekly flights, Johannesburg and Harare from 18 to 19 every week which is a 6% increase and finally, effective since  December 04, 2014, Johannesburg and Kinshasa has seen its flight frequency increase by 17% or from 6 to 7 a week, and finally, also effective December 04, 2014, Johannesburg and Mauritius flights have increased from 9 to 10 a week, which is an 11% increase.

Source: South African Government News Agency

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