Miami. 9 June 2015. South African Airways (SAA), the South African National Flag Carrier, wants to focus on growing its African network and improving inter-connectivity on the continent. With more than 80 years of operations and a leading position in Africa, SAA has a crucial role to play in driving aviation traffic growth and economic development.
Nico Bezuidenhout, South African Airways’s Acting Chief Executive, emphasised at the IATA Annual General Meeting in Miami, SAA’s determination to bring its premium service to more and more destinations in Africa.
“Our goal is to increase our revenue in the region by 30% in the next twelve months. Africa is a huge potential market for aviation and as Africa’s legacy airline, we want to see the continent contribute to more than the current 3% of global aviation,” said Bezuidenhout.
SAA is already strengthening its position in West Africa with the launch of a new service between Accra, Ghana and Washington D.C., United States. Starting August 3, 2015, SAA will be providing the only nonstop flight between Ghana and Washington D.C., as well as the only Skytrax 4-Star rated airline service and world-class quality from the entire West Africa region to North America.