South African Airways continues its high yield focus on regional African growth as part of its turn around strategy identifying key under served markets which have huge growth potential in the long run. Today, the airline announced new 3 weekly nonstop flights from its primary JNB hub to Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria.
Services will commence on 26JAN16 using an A330-200 with the below mentioned schedule:
SA 88 Dep JNB 2320 Arr ABV 0410+1
SA 89 Dep ABV 0845 Arr JNB 1540
The market size demand between ABV and JNB in 2014 was 20,000 passengers but this figure is largely under stated because it does not take into account the large number of passengers who first fly to LOS on a seperate ticket domestically and then buy another seperate ticket LOS-JNB-LOS rather than a thru ticket all the way. The 20,000 figure represents those who purchased tickets using one airline all the way back and forth such as W3 via LOS or ET/KQ via East Africa. Very few pax (if any) fly SAA from JNB to ABV because when they land into LOS at 9pm from JNB they are forced to spend the night in LOS which they want to avoid at all costs !