Dr S M van Dyk (DA) to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises:
(1) Whether flight routes to African countries represent one of the major business components of the SA Airways (SAA); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(2)what measures has the SAA introduced to protect the business aspect of its routes to African countries should competition with other airlines increase?
(1) Yes, flight routes to African countries represent one of the major business opportunities to South African Airways (SAA). SAA is one of the leading carriers in Africa offering air services to over 21 destinations across the continent.
The following are the destinations that SAA serves in Africa:
Zimbabwe – Harare & Victoria Falls
Zambia- Lusaka & Livingstone,
Malawi – Lilongwe & Blantyre;
Namibia – Windhoek;
Mauritius – Port Louis;
Kenya – Nairobi;
Tanzania – Dar es Salaam;
Uganda – Entebbe;
Ethiopia – Addis Ababa;
DRC – Kinshasa;
Gabon – Libreville;
Cameroon – Doula;
Ghana – Accra,
Nigeria – Lagos; and,
Senegal – Dakar.
(2) Measures taken by SAA in response to competition are commercially sensitive and part of the airline’s ongoing commercial and risk management. In particular, SAA offers convenient schedules with high quality air services of assured regularity and safety, for which it has received numerous airline quality awards.