South African Airways is further strengthening its presence in Ghana by increasing weekly frequencies from 9 to 10 flights between Johannesburg and Accra, and by launching a daily service between Accra and Washington DC, with effect from 5th September 2019.
All services to Washington DC commence in Johannesburg with a short stopover in Accra.
These two additional weekly services to Washington DC provide SAA’s most convenient schedule yet between Ghana and North America, and will also deliver seamless connections for customers from across West Africa. This includes connections to/from Abuja and Lagos in Nigeria; to/from Monrovia in Liberia; and to/from Freetown in Sierra Leone.
This important strategic milestone has been made possible through South African Airways’ growing co-operation and partnership with Africa World Airlines.
At the same time, the South African airline is examining new opportunities to connect Dakar services through its Accra base. Whilst these plans are finalised, South African Airways will temporarily suspend services between Johannesburg and Dakar, with effect from 5th September 2019.
Zuks Ramasia, South African Airways Acting CEO, said:
“One of the key pillars of our strategy is to connect South Africa to West Africa and beyond, to North America. Our partnership with Africa World Airlines continues to deepen with these new schedules and benefits customers across the African Continent.”
Sean Mendis, Chief Operating Officer at Africa World Airlines, added:
“Expanding our co-operation with South African Airways means that passengers can enjoy quick and seamless connections between both airlines’ flights in Accra’s new Terminal 3.”
dre aviation Opinion
So what will happen when the Ghanaian home based carrier is (finally) launched? The SAA expansion may actually be a shortlived phenomenon as no doubt the new home based carrier will take centre stage?
What this space as the new carrier will definitely shakeup the local market and existing codeshare and feeder relationships.