South African Airways will add another important continental route to its network with a three-times a week flight to Lagos in Nigeria from 12th December, the state-owned flag carrier announced on Tuesday.

SAA has been flying to Nigeria for the past 23 years. In May 2020, SAA’s business rescue practitioners halted all the airline’s commercial flights due to financial constraints. The airline resumed commercial flights again in September this year after it went out of business rescue in April.

According to SAA interim CEO Thomas Kgokolo, the Lagos route takes SAA into one of the biggest travel markets in Africa.

“We are delighted that we are again able to resume operations, providing a link between Africa’s two biggest economies,” he said in a statement.

“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.” SAA will continue to work with SA Tourism to attract more visitors from Nigeria to South Africa.

Currently SAA offers flights from O.R. Tambo International Airport to Mauritius, Accra, Cape Town, Kinshasa and Harare.

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