ATPI Cruise & Travel welcomes the recent announcement by South African Airways (SAA) of the return of flights from Perth to Johannesburg. Marking a significant development for the airline, the reinstated route will be operated by an Airbus A340-300 thrice weekly and the inaugural Johannesburg – Perth flight will launch on 28 April.

Indicating a strategic focus on expanding intercontinental routes within a relatively short timeframe, the Perth – Johannesburg route follows the successful return of SAA to Brazil late last year, with the Cape Town – São Paulo route being launched on 31 October 2023 and Johannesburg to São Paulo the following week. The return of the Perth route aligns with SAA’s strategic plans to scale operations to a profitable level and represents a significant step in the airline’s efforts to regain its position in the global aviation sector.

The route will mean that Cape Town, Durban, Accra, Lusaka, Windhoek, Kinshasa, Harare and Lagos will only require two-flights for passengers departing from Perth. With Victoria Falls, Port Elizabeth, Mauritius and São Paulo also becoming a two-sector proposition from Perth, ATPI’s Cruise & Travel customers will benefit from the service.