BA/Comair’s cabin crew Alexey Atanassov and Michelle Seopela were proud to serve on the airline’s first flight out of Lanseria Airport. With ATR42 aircraft, the airport serving both Johannesburg and Pretoria is now connected with the capitals of neighbouring Botswana and Mozambique; Gaborone and Maputo.
- British Airways, through its South African franchise carrier Comair, launched two new international routes from a new airport to its network; Lanseria (HLA), which serves both Johannesburg and Pretoria. On 1 September, the airline began flying both daily to Gaborone (GBE), the capital of Botswana, and eight times weekly to Maputo (MPM), the capital of Mozambique. Both routes are operated with a single 48-seat ATR42 aircraft leased from Solenta Aviation. Although these flights are the first international services at Lanseria, indirect competition comes from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport where South African Airways (SAA) and Air Botswana respectively serve Gaborone 46 and 29 times a week, while Maputo is served thrice-daily by LAM and twice-daily by SAA. Stuart Cochrane, Executive Manager for Network Development and Alliances at Comair commented: “As part of our broader network development strategy we have been exploring the idea of a regional hub at Lanseria airport as part of our expansion plans into Africa for some time. We are confident that the implementation of this first phase of expansion will be well received by our customers and provide them with an alternative to current regional flights operating from OR Tambo International Airport.”