First Lusaka, now Harare for SA Express
We are confident the new services will be useful to many segments, particularly business and leisure travellers, and those travelling to visit friends and relatives. - Inati Ntshanga, SAX CEO
This follows the launch of SA Express (SAX) services between Durban and Lusaka, Zambia on 12 July 2012.
According to Lulu Bam, SAX communications manager, SAX is still working out the details for when the Durban/Harare service will launch and how many flights will be operated between the 2 destinations per week.
The airline already operates 3 flights a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) from Durban to Lusaka. On 3 August 2012 it will launch a 4th weekly flight on Fridays between Durban’s King Shaka International Airport and Lusaka's Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. The flights use a 50-seater CRJ200 aircraft.
Inati Ntshanga, SAX CEO, said the new services would provide convenient access to and from all regions in the SAX network. ‘We are confident the new services will be useful to many segments, particularly business and leisure travellers, and those travelling to visit friends and relatives,’ he said.
He added that the short 2hr 50min Durban-Lusaka flight would offer passengers many seamless connections with flights of its global network of alliance partners.
SAX also plans to launch flights between Durban and several other regional destinations in 2012. These are Vilanculos and Maputo in Mozambique, Windhoek in Namibia, Gaborone in Lesotho, and Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Bam said none of these routes had yet been finalised with some still pending application for air traffic rights and others still in negotiation phase.
In the future, SA Express may also look at launching flights from Durban to Mauritius, but Bam said the focus for this year remained those routes mentioned above.
Bulelani Magwanisha, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises, speaking of the launch of the Durban-Lusaka route, said Zambia and South Africa continued to play a leading role in the pursuit of regional economic integration.
‘The importance of trade between Zambia and South Africa cannot be underestimated. The progress and prosperity of our countries will eventually be attributed to openness to foreign trade and investment flows,’ he said.
SAX currently flies to 16 destinations within the SADC carrying almost 2 million passengers annually.