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South African Airways strengthens network in Central Africa, introducing Pointe Noire

South African Airways strengthens network in Central Africa, introducing Pointe Noire


Johannesburg, 30 January 2012.  In line with its strategy of expanding its presence in Central Africa South African Airways (SAA) started flying to Pointe Noire in the Congo, from 26 January.


This welcome addition to the airline’s ever expanding route network on the continent offers its customers further access into Central Africa. SAA will be operating to 21 cities on the continent with the commencement of this service.


Pointe Noire, the economic capital of the Congo is SAA’s fourth new destination on the continent for the 2011/12 financial year, joining Ndola (Zambia), Kigali (Rwanda) and Bujumbura (Burundi) as the airline’s most recent additions to its expansive route network in Africa.

Pointe Noire is also the second largest city in the Congo, after the capital Brazzaville and the main commercial centre of the country. Pointe Noire is the center of the oil industry in the Congo which is one of the main oil producers in Central Africa.

SAA’s first flight to Pointe Noire departed from Johannesburg on  Thursday, 26 January 2012, and arrived at the Agostinho Neto Airport, one of the busiest international airports in the country, on the same day at 13:00.

Pointe Noire will be served twice a week, with a narrow body aircraft, the A319. These aircraft offer 120 seats 95 economy and 25 in business class.

Members of SAA’s frequent flyer programme, Voyager, offers customers double Miles in all revenue fare classes between 26 January and 31 March 2012. Visit www.flysaa.com for more information.


 Schedule Johannesburg to Point Noire:














Point Noire






Pointe Noire





Issued by:

Dileseng Koetle

Acting Head Group Corporate Affairs                       

Tel: +27 11 978 2298

Mobile: +27 83 400 0041

Email: DilesengKoetle@flysaa.com or media@flysaa.com

Web: www.flysaa.com

About SAA

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.