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SAA Announces Sensational Fares on Flights Between the Two Cities

Limited offer flights at R 500 plus taxes from Johannesburg, € 60 plus taxes from Frankfurt

In celebration of 60 years of outstanding service between Johannesburg and Frankfurt, South African Airways today announces sensational fares for a limited period only on direct flights connecting the two cities.

Passengers starting the journey in Johannesburg will be able to fly from November 14th to December 14th, 2012 and from February 1st to February 28th, 2013, for as little as R 500 plus taxes and fuel surcharges, a total of R 4 620. Travellers starting their journey in Frankfurt will pay as little as € 60 plus taxes and surcharges for travel in the same period.

As this is a limited offer available only from June 29th to July 14th in Germany and from next Friday, July 6th, to July 13th, in South Africa, early bookings are highly advisable. Onward connections in either direction will have to be booked separately and will cost extra.

“With these fantastic fares we are inviting our passengers and friends to join us in celebrating 60 years of superb service linking South Africa and its biggest European trading partner, Germany, via the two countries’ key airline hubs, Johannesburg and Frankfurt,” said Theunis Potgieter, SAA’s General Manager Commercial. “In real terms, these are among the best fares ever over the last 60 years between South Africa and Europe.”

When the route was started in 1952, an economy class ticket between the two cities cost roughly R 62 000, or about € 6 200, measured at today’s purchasing power. SAA started its service to Frankfurt on July 1st, 1952, with Lockheed Gold Plate Constellations, the first of this modern aircraft type and the first with pressurised cabins to be deployed between Africa and Europe.

Flying time of the four-engined propeller aircraft, which could carry 42 passengers, was 28 hours, with refuelling stops in Nairobi, Khartoum and Rome.

“Today, SAA continues our tradition of flying some of the most modern aircraft in the world on the route, and flying time is just ten hours non-stop between Frankfurt and Johannesburg,” said Potgieter. “The connection has become the smartest way to travel for business or leisure between Europe, many parts of Africa, and many other Southern Hemisphere destinations, because besides convenience, SAA also offers superb service and reliability, a fact underlined by SAA receiving the Skytrax award as best airline in Africa for nine years in a row.”

Frankfurt is the second largest airport in continental Europe by passenger volume, and one of the world’s top ten mega hubs, today serving over 56-million passengers per year. This is a far cry from the 400 000 passengers per year who passed through its doors in 1952 when SAA started flying there from Johannesburg.

As the headquarters of the world’s largest airline alliance, Frankfurt offers passengers flying with a Star Alliance airline frequent and extremely convenient connections to, among others, every part of Europe, North America, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. SAA is a fully fledged Star Alliance airline and is able to offer passengers all of the benefits offered by this densely woven network.

Conversely, passengers flying SAA to Johannesburg from Frankfurt enjoy the superb connectivity to 26 African destinations and to key cities in South America and Australasia offered by the airline at its hub, OR Tambo International Airport.

The first flight with an aircraft named “Cape Town” landed in Frankfurt on July 2nd, 1952, and was met by the German transport minister. He made headlines when he picked up the dummy dropped on the stairs by a baby being carried off the aircraft by an SAA crew member, handing it back with the words (in a mixture of German and English) “you lost your dummy”.

For more information contact:
Dileseng Koetle
Head: Communication
Tel: +27 11 978 2298
Mobile: +27 83 400 0041
Email: or


Kabelo Ledwaba
Communications Manager (External)
Mobile: (+27) 083 414 4720
Tel: (+ 27) 011-978-2760

About SAA
South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 26 destinations across the continent, as well as major destinations within South Africa and internationally from its Johannesburg hub. 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 to 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 nine 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.