South African Airways launches new route to Pointe Noire in the Congo
South African Airways continued expanding its African network on 26 January when the airline connected its Johannesburg (JNB) hub with Pointe Noire (PNR), the coastal city in the Republic of the Congo. Flights operate twice-weekly with the Star Alliance airline’s 120-seat A319s. Until last year, the route was operated by both Gabon Airlines and Trans Air Congo. Thevan Krishna, SAA’s Head of Australasia, commented: “Our new flight to Pointe Noire is a welcome addition to our ever-expanding network on the African continent and offers our customers further access into Central Africa.” He continued: “Pointe Noire is the second-largest city in the Congo, after the capital – Brazzaville, and the main commercial centre of the country. Pointe Noire is the centre of the oil industry in the Congo, which is one of the main oil-producers in Central Africa.”
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