- South African Airways (SAA) will introduce a new route to New York via Dakar, Senegal on January 7 next year.
The airline will also continue to have flights from Johannesburg to New York via Ilha do Sol five times a week - as well as many direct flights - but twice a week there will be flights from Johannesburg to New York via Dakar, thus offering a direct service to the growing west African market.
From New York's JFK airport, SAA will operate five non-stop flights to Johannesburg. On Mondays and Wednesdays, SAA will operate from JFK via Dakar to Johannesburg.
The schedule from January 7 is as follows:
- SA201 from Johannesburg via Ilha do Sal to JFK will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
- SA202 from JFK will operate non-stop to Johannesburg on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
- SA 203 will operate on Tuesdays and Sundays from Johannesburg to JFK via Dakar.
- SA 204 will operate on Mondays and Wednesdays from JFK to Johannesburg via Dakar.
- SAA will also be introducing flights to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The new service will start on October 27.
The carrier will fly directly from Johannesburg to Addis Ababa on Wednesdays and Sundays and from Addis Ababa on Mondays and Thursdays.
SAA has more flights to African destinations than any other carrier. In partnership with SA Airlink and SA Express, SAA services more than 20 African destinations including Harare, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi, Lusaka and Luanda.
For further information call 011-978-1111 or check out the SAA website: www.flysaa.com
- British Airways is expanding its service for the summer. The airline is boosting its daily schedule by 1 200 seats a week by putting on three additional Boeing 747-400 services from October 29 until March 28 next year. These will serve the London-Cape Town route.
BA is one of the few airlines to have maintained its daily Cape Town schedule in the past two years.
The three additional services will leave London on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6.50pm and arrive in Cape Town at 6.30am the next morning. The return flights operate as daylight services on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, leaving Cape Town at 8.30am and arriving in London at 6.35pm the same day.
British Airways' existing daily service will continue to operate. The return service leaves Cape Town at 8.30pm and arrives in London at 6.35am the next day.
For more information call BA on 011-880-9285.
- Swiss International Airlines has said it will introduce a double night flight on the Johannesburg-Zurich Route.
The new flights will be effective from February 8 next year. Swiss flight LX 288 will depart from Zurich Airport each evening at 11.10pm and arrive in Johannesburg the following morning at 9.20am, thereby replacing the daylight flight.
Northbound, flight LX 289 will leave Johannesburg International at 9pm and arrive in Zurich at 6.20am, allowing passengers a wide option of connecting flights.
Swiss also offers code-share flights with American Airlines to certain US destinations.
For more information call Swiss on 011-778-7351.