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SAA broadens codeshare agreement with Air Mauritius in bid to drive greater continental traffic through trunk route

 
Johannesburg: South African Airways and Air Mauritius have concluded an agreement that will see a broadening of its codeshare agreement to enhance greater connectivity between the continent, South Africa, Mauritius and other inter-continental routes. From 1 July 2015 both airlines will sell freely on one another’s networks with increased availability on its code-shared trunk route between Johannesburg and Mauritius. SAA this year also celebrates half a century of operations between the two countries.
 
“The broadening of our relationship with Air Mauritius follows growing traffic between our two countries not only as a consequence of tourism, but is also concomitant to growing trade between the markets,” says SAA Acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout. Connectivity between SAA’s continental routes as regional feeders for traffic in and outbound from Mauritius is also enhanced. “Cross network sales will improve access to markets in a further move to support trade and tourism,” adds Bezuidenhout. Late last year SAA added an additional frequency to Mauritius as demand continues its upward trend.
 
SAA will actively market Mauritius as a leisure destination in other African markets. “Demand indicators have shown a growing number of passenger volumes connecting through Johannesburg, originating on the continent. By offering increased ease of connectivity onto the trunk codeshare route operated by SAA and Air Mauritius we expect sustained growth in traffic.”  Mauritius has remained an important destination for SAA throughout its history and remains one of the fastest growing economies on the continent with consistent demand-side growth in both business and leisure travel.

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About South African Airways (SAA)
South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 56 destinations, in partnership with SA Express, SA Airlink and its low cost carrier, Mango, within South Africa and across the continent, and nine intercontinental routes 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 wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low cost carrier; and Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA. SAA is the winner of the 'Best Airline in Africa’ Award in the regional category for thirteen consecutive years and the winner of ‘Service Excellence Africa’ for three years. Mango and SAA hold the number one and number two successive spots as South Africa’s most on - time airlines.
 
Issued by SAA Group Corporate Affairs
 
For media information, please contact:
SAA Spokesperson
Tlali Tlali
Email: TlaliTlali@flysaa.com
Mobile:+27 82 333 3880
Office: +27 11 978 2298
 

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