The South African Airways today announced daily services between Mumbai and Johannesburg from the current five flights a week, effective October.

The non-stop daily flight from Mumbai to Johannesburg, to be effective from October 3, comes on the heels of the fifth weekly frequency the airline launched from June 16 this year and the sixth, due to start from August 21, the airline said in a statement.

The seventh flight is subject to government approvals.

South African Airlines is the only carrier that offers non-stop services between South Africa and India now, following the decision of Jet Airways to discontinue its operations on this sector last month.

The airline also provides the shortest travel time between India and South America, with a flying time of 22 hrs and 35 minutes from Mumbai to Buenos Aires.

Announcing the increased frequency, the South African Airways Country Manager for India, Mr Sajid Khan, said, “The positive response to our fifth and sixth flights has spurred on the need for an additional flight. This increase in frequency is a testament to our commitment to this market, giving customers the option of a direct flight between Johannesburg’s Tambo international airport and Mumbai any day of the week.”

The Mumbai-Johannesburg route is serviced with an Airbus 330-200, with 36 business and 186 economy class seats.

Airlines’ General Manager (commercial) Theunis Potgieter said, “This is part of overall route optimisation which is in line with our strategy to ensure better, more frequent regional and long haul services on routes showing a growing demand for business and leisure travel to and from South Africa and the southern parts of the continent.”

South African Airways, a member of the Star Alliance, is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 26 destinations across the continent, as well as major destinations within South Africa and internationally, from its Johannesburg hub.

(This article was published on July 29, 2012)
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