MAPUTO. 24 May 2015. South African Airways (SAA), the South African national flag carrier, celebrates almost eight decades of flying to Maputo, Mozambique.
In celebrating this remarkable achievement, the airline recently hosted a group of journalists in partnership with the Polana Serena Hotel, the stately Maputo icon, a home from home and meeting place for many business and leisure travellers for more than nine decades. Over this time SAA has flown a legion of holidaymakers and business travellers.
“Maputo is a star in our African route network and in keeping with the Strategic Objectives of our Long-Term Turnaround Strategy, we are focused on maintaining a commercially sustainable African route network and on further expanding those star performing African routes,” says Nico Bezuidenhout, SAA Acting Chief Executive Officer.
SAA, the leading carrier on the African continent, introduced flights to Maputo in 1937 when it began flying to what was then Lourenco Marques with an experimental flight on 18 July 1937, using an Airspeed Envoy, which was to connect with the Imperial Airways Flying boat en-route from London to Durban, to pick up airmail. The service used the Junkers Ju 86 from 5 May 1938. After the war the De Havilland Doves were used on this service.
From humble beginnings the route has shown considerably growth. Frequencies were increased late last year and SAA now serves Maputo with three flights a day, (21 a week) on A319 aircraft.
SAA will continue to support and expand this route as Maputo is one of the most popular in its network serving SADC countries, with South Africa and Mozambique enjoying strong trade and social ties. The two countries have much in common, with Mozambique South Africa’s top trading partner in Africa.
Statistics from the African Development Bank states that Mozambique showed real GDP posted robust growth in 2013 of 7%, although lower than expected due to severe floods. The progressive increase in coal production and the implementation of large infrastructure projects, coupled with budgetary expansion, are expected to continue to drive growth, projected at 8.5% in 2014 and 8.2% in 2015.
Johannesburg Maputo Johannesburg flight schedule:
|Flight||Day of the week||Departs||Arrives|
|SA 142||Daily||Johannesburg 09:45||Maputo 10:50|
|SA 143||Daily||Maputo 11:35||Johannesburg 12:45|
|SA 144||Daily||Johannesburg 13:50||Maputo 14:55|
|SA 145||Daily||Maputo15:40||Johannesburg 16:50|
|SA 146||Daily||Johannesburg 20:15||Maputo 21:20|
|SA 147||Daily||Maputo 07:30||Johannesburg 08:40|