South African Airways (SAA) is further strengthening its presence in Ghana by increasing weekly frequencies from nine to 10 flights between Johannesburg and Accra.
The South African national carrier is also set to launch a daily service between Accra and Washington DC, with effect from September 5, 2019.
All services to Washington DC commence in Johannesburg with a short stopover in Accra.
The two additional weekly services to Washington DC provides SAA’s most convenient schedule yet between Ghana and North America, and will also deliver seamless connections for customers from across West Africa.
This includes connections to and from Abuja and Lagos in Nigeria; to and from Monrovia in Liberia, as well as to and from Freetown in Sierra Leone.
The important strategic milestone has been made possible through SAA’s growing co-operation and partnership with Africa World Airlines (AWA).
At the same time, SAA is examining new opportunities to connect Dakar services through its Accra base.
Whilst the plans are finalised, SAA will temporarily suspend services between Johannesburg and Dakar, with effect from September 5, 2019.
Welcoming the developments, SAA’s acting chief executive officer Zuks Ramasia, said: “One of the key pillars of our strategy is to connect South Africa to West Africa and beyond to North America.
“Our partnership with Africa World Airlines (AWA) continues to deepen with these new schedules and benefits customers across the African Continent.”
Sean Mendis, chief operating officer at Africa World Airlines, commented: “Expanding our co-operation with SAA means that passengers can enjoy quick and seamless connections between AWA and SAA flights in Accra’s new Terminal 3.”
The new schedule will operate as below (local times):
Johannesburg (JNB) departs 18h30 to Accra (ACC), arrives 22h35
Accra (ACC) departs 23h35 to Washington Dulles (IAD), arrives 06h25 (next day)
Washington Dulles (IAD) departs 17h40 to Accra (ACC), arrives 08h10 (next day)
Accra (ACC) departs 09h10 to Johannesburg (JNB), arrives 16h55
SA056 (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays)
Johannesburg (JNB) departs 13h05 to Accra (ACC), arrives 17h10
Accra (ACC) departs 18h10 to Abidjan (ABJ), arrives 19h10
SA057 (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays)
Abidjan (ABJ) departs 20h20 to Accra (ACC), arrives 21h20
Accra (ACC) departs 22h20 to Johannesburg (JNB), arrives 06h05 (next day)
The schedules are being published simultaneously across all SAA Distribution Channels.
Ticketed SAA customers travelling between Johannesburg and Washington DC via Dakar (Blaise Diagne International) and those travelling between Johannesburg and Dakar, will be contacted and re-routed or re-accommodated as appropriate.