African Route Expansion: South African Airways launches Point Noire Flights

South African Airways recently introduced flights to Point Noire in the Congo in line with its Central African expansion strategy. South African is currently on an African expansion program with a focus on Central Africa that has also seen the airline launch flights to Kigali in Rwanda and Bujumbura in Burundi.

SAA will now be servicing 21 cities on the continent with the commencement of this Point Noire service.

Pointe Noire is the economic capital of the Congo and is SAA’s fourth new destination on the continent this financial year (2011-2012), 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 centre of the oil industry in the Congo, which is one of the main oil-producers in Central Africa.

Many South African carriers are now looking for new expansion opportunities in other African countries following the brutal competition in the domestic aviation market.

Pointe Noire will be served twice a week, with a narrow body aircraft, the Airbus A319. These aircraft offer 120 seats - 95 Economy and 25 in Business Class.

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