SAA and Etihad to increase flights and routes

South African Airways (SAA) and Etihad Airways have commenced the second phase of strategic co-operation that will see increased flights between South Africa and Abu Dhabi.

As part of the extended co-operation, South African Airways will launch a daily service between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi on 29 March 2015, which will complement Etihad Airways' existing flights between the two cities to offer a combined double-daily frequency on the route.

As a result of the co-operation, business and leisure travellers would benefit from the convenience of multiple options between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi within the same day.

More than 1000 connections would also be offered each week over Etihad's Abu Dhabi hub to key markets including the GCC region, Middle East, Indian subcontinent, and North and South East Asia.

The airlines had also developed their codeshare agreement to include a total of 49 routes, more than double the previous number.

Subject to regulatory approval, Etihad Airways will place its 'EY' code on South African Airways' new Johannesburg-Abu Dhabi flights, in addition to 16 of the airline's other services from Johannesburg to key destinations across the African continent. In return, South African Airways will place its 'SA' code on 32 Etihad Airways routes beyond Abu Dhabi to a range of destinations world-wide.