South African Airways (SAA) said it has concluded plans to return to the Johannesburg-Lagos route on December 12, 2021.
The airline had been out of service for the past 18 months due to financial challenges, before resuming operation on September 23, 2021.
It described the Lagos route as an important continental route, and will be recommencing with a three-day a week flight.
The interim CEO of South African Airways, Thomas Kgolo, in a statement said, “This specific destination takes SAA into one of the biggest travel markets in Africa and we’re delighted that we are again able to resume operations, providing a link between Africa’s two biggest economies.”
According to him, the service is part of SAA’s gradual growth strategy, having resumed full operations in September.
He said, “Our intention is to continue to develop our route network driven by passenger demand and revenue potential. We are constantly evaluating opportunities, both locally, regionally, and internationally.”
He further stated that not only does the new Johannesburg Lagos route function as a key economic link between the two countries but would also service the burgeoning tourism market in both countries.