Johannesburg, 28 November 2011. South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, is proud to be the official airline for the COP17 conference.
The 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which this year is hosted by the City of Durban has its origins in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), created in 1995 to alert governments to the threat of climate change.
South Africa proudly plays host to this year’s conference, where the nations of the world will again congregate to discuss the reduction of global warming over the 12-day duration of the conference.
As the official airline of COP17, SAA has provided additional capacity between Johannesburg and Durban to cater for increased demand leading up to and after the conference which will take place between 28 November and 9 December 2011.
“As with the 2010 FIFA World Cup, this conference offers SAA an opportunity to showcase the best that South Africa and the continent has to offer as thousands of international delegates will visit South Africa.
“As the national carrier, we are working closely with various public sector and state owned entities involved with COP17 and support the delegates as they begin what will be a successful conference,” says Barry Parsons, SAA Executive in the CEO’s Office: Strategy, Planning & Project Management.
Since its first meeting 16 years ago, the Conference of the Parties (COP) has met annually to determine progress made in dealing with climate change. In 1997 the Kyoto Protocol was concluded and it established legally binding obligations for developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
SAA was designated as the official airline for COP17 by the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and as the official airline is offering discounted fares to delegates as part of its MICE (Meetings Incentives and Conferences) desk offering from all the airline’s global network points.
In addition, SAA will assist DIRCO with VIP facilitation and screen COP17 messages from Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane of International Relations and Cooperation and Minister Edna Molewa from the Department of Environmental Affairs on board SAA’s aircraft.
SAA’s special airfares exclude all SAA code-share flights, as well as the domestic routes serviced by either SA Express, Mango or South African Airlink. Although MICE fares are applicable for travel 14 days prior and after the official conference dates, SAA has extended its offering for bookings and travel from 1 October until 23 December 2011.
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South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 20 destinations across the continent, as well as major destinations within South Africa, from its hub, Johannesburg. It is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance. SAA’s core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA and its four wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low cost carrier; Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA and South African Travel Centre (SATC). SAA CEO Siza Mzimela is the first woman to be appointed into the IATA Board of Directors in its 67 year history. SAA is the winner of the 'Best Airline in Africa’ Award in the regional category for 9 consecutive years and the winner of ‘Service Excellence Africa’ for two consecutive years. Mango and SAA hold the number one and number two successive spots as South Africa’s most on time airlines.
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