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SAA’s Johannesburg to Perth Flights Boost ACSA Revenue

The relaunched South African Airways plans to operate three direct flights per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 20:55, with arrival at Perth International Airport at 12:20 the following day. The first of which took place on Sunday 28 April and returned on Monday 29 April.

The inward-bound flights to South Africa will depart from Perth on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 14h40 and arrive the following day at O. R. Tambo International Airport at 19h35. The non-stop nine-and-a-half-hour flight will operate an SAA Airbus A340-300 aircraft, configured to carry 38 passengers in business class and 215 in economy. The A340 has been replaced by Twin twin-engine-widebody ETOPS aircraft by many airlines as four-engine aircraft fall far below economic goals for operating long-haul flights profitably.

The Johannesburg-Perth route is widely regarded as a strategic route for the Southern Hemisphere, providing passengers with the convenience of direct connectivity between the two cities. Australia has seen an increase in the number of South Africans that travel to the country for both leisure and business travel.

South African Airways initially started flying the Perth route on 1st April 2003 and terminated the service on 20th March 2020. During this period, the route contributed an estimated R21.8 million a year to ACSA's Aeronautical Revenue.

ACSA CEO Mpumi Mpofu notes that the resumption of the Perth route comes amidst ACSA's solid post-pandemic recovery, which is reflected in the festive season statistics from its major airports. "Our recovery efforts are further underscored by the expected revenue from this route. The landing revenue from the Perth route is expected to reach R 5 470 150, while the passenger revenue is expected to amount to R6 869 854, resulting in a combined total of R12 340 004," Mpofu said. "ACSA would like to congratulate SAA for the important strides that it is making in our country's aviation sector, as the resumption of the route to Perth is key to fostering growth and enhancing connectivity, as well as fulfilling our shared commitment to elevating South Africa's aviation sector on the global stage."

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi highlighted the crucial role of cargo and tourism for Gauteng's economy, as well as the importance of building routes between South Africa and other BRICS countries. "Building on these sectors, our partnership within BRICS offers an immense opportunity to showcase our goods and enable our citizens to access new markets. It's about making meaningful connections that empower our communities and drive our economic engine forward," he said.

SAA CEO Professor John Lamola highlighted the importance of the route relaunch as a symbolic moment for the airline, marking its recovery and strategic repositioning post-COVID-19. "What differentiates this particular route is the richness in the traffic anticipated between Australia and South Africa, particularly because of visits between family". Regarding the social impact of South African Airways, Lamola notes; "This is a great moment to see ourselves deliver on our mandate of ensuring that we contribute to economic development and the other social impacts that an airline like ours has in connecting people interculturally across the continents."

It is expected that the non-stop service will bring more than 39,000 additional inbound passengers from South Africa to Western Australia every year. Before the pandemic, Australia attracted about 58,000 visitors from South Africa in 2019, 34% of whom visited Western Australia.

Mr Green, an Australian passenger who originally travelled from Australia to Johannesburg via Singapore, is among the first to benefit from this direct flight. He expressed his excitement for the shortened travel time. Mr Green remarked; that previously, getting to Perth involved a gruelling 23-hour journey with lengthy stopovers. "Now, I can travel in just 9 hours."

This is the second significant route introduced by SAA in the last six months, after the airline launched a service to São Paulo, Brazil, in October last year.



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