South African Airways’ new service links Ghana directly to North America

Published on : Friday, May 29, 2015

South African AirwaysSouth African Airways (SAA), the leading carrier in Africa, has announced the introduction of new service which will link Ghana directly to North America.


Nico Bezuidenhout, the acting Chief Executive Officer of SAA told a media conference in Accra on Thursday that the introduction of the new route was a major boost for travellers and the promotion of trade relations.


He added that SAA, with its strong presence in West Africa in the form of non-stop services from Accra to Washington D.C. and through its airline partnerships, will soon offer its customers access to further destinations in West Africa.


He said the new route was a major development and achievement for the airline, as part of a long-term turnaround strategy where it has set growth on the African continent as one of its key objectives.


Kendy Phohleli, the SAA Executive for Africa Hub Projects, explained that the decision to route some of its North American bound flights through Ghana was based on sound business principles as there was a considerable demand from passengers wanting to fly from Ghana to the US.


“Directly connecting the two countries, now made possible with the granting of traffic rights by the Ghana government, will aid existing trade relations and further strengthen Ghana’s robust economic outlook,” he said.


Phohleli also announced SAA’s partnership with Ghana’s Africa World Airlines, a domestic carrier, to offer customers more travel options within the West African region.


He said the partnership would offer SAA customers from Washington and Johannesburg seamless connectivity through Accra to other destinations in Ghana such as Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale, as well as to Lagos in Nigeria.


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