PERTH is back on South African Airways’ (SAA) radar, with the airline announcing the return of flights to the capital of Western Australia.
The inaugural flight from Johannesburg to Perth is scheduled for 28 April, with bookings open now.
SA280 will depart Johannesburg three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 8:55pm, and arrive in Perth the following day at 12:20pm.
The return flight, SA281, is also scheduled three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, departing at 2:40pm, and arriving the following day at 7:35pm.
SAA will operate an Airbus A340-300 on the route, with a total capacity of 253, divided between 38 in Business class and 215 in Economy.
Chief Executive Officer John Lamola said South Africa’s operations in Perth are in line with the airline’s strategic plan to scale its operations to a profitable level by leveraging its unique capabilities, as a flag carrier with wide-body aircraft which can provide its country with long-haul international connectivity.
“We are committed to growing SAA into a revered leader in the global aviation sector…Perth is but one indicator of this ambition and gives us confidence that our vision of expanding our footprint to over 20 destinations this year will be realised,” he said.
“The recommencement of the route provides an easier and direct passage for both leisure and business travellers, promoting trade and cultural exchange between South Africa and Australia.
“Besides the global interconnectivity potential of this route, Perth has long been a favoured destination for South African and Australian travellers, with approximately 80% of our target market being visiting family and friends.”
The Perth route marks the second interoceanic route to be reopened in six months, after the successful launch of Sao Paulo flights on 31 October.
A Southern Hemisphere travel package that flies from Perth to Sau Paulo through Johannesburg and return is now also on on the cards.