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SAA launches flights to neighbouring Botswana

Johannesburg, 27 March 2009.

South African Airways (SAA) this week launched a direct route between Johannesburg and Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone.

The new route launch is aligned to SAA’s focus on Africa. This is in line with the airline’s restructuring programme and SAA's mandate of being an African carrier with global reach. Gaborone will become SAA’s 20th direct destination into Africa.

The first flight took off on Monday, 23 March. Two flights a day are now operating between the two cities, excluding Saturdays when only one flight is operated. This amounts to a total of 13 flights per week.

SA032 departs Johannesburg at 08h35am arriving in Gaborone at 09h20am and SA033 departs Gaborone at 10h05am and arrives in Johannesburg at 10h55am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

On the same days, SA038 departs Johannesburg at 15h55pm and arrives in Gaborone at 16h40pm and SA039 departs Gaborone at 17h30pm and arrives in Johannesburg at 18h20pm

On Saturdays, SA036 departs Johannesburg at 11h30am and arrives in Johannesburg at 12h15pm and SA037 departs Gaborone at 13h00pm arriving in Johannesburg at 13h50pm. An Airbus A319 with a Business and Economy Class configuration will be used to operate the route.

The launch of flights between South Africa and Botswana will further strengthen SAA’s presence in southern Africa, promote business travel in both countries and enhance the seamless connection of passengers to international markets such as the United Kingdom.

South Africa has had strong relations with Botswana since 1992 with regards to, amongst others, trade, health and agriculture. There is a free flow of trade between the two countries. The country has maintained one of the highest economic growth rates in the world since independence although growth has slowed in recent years due in part to the declining global economic environment.

Botswana is best known for its thriving diamond industry which is the biggest source of income for the country. It is also a prime tourism destination within Africa, well known for its abundant nature reserves and wildlife.

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