Articles Tagged ‘South African Airways’

South African Airways losses quadruple; will it survive?

South African Airways losses quadruple; will it survive?

With job cuts and unpaid wages by South African Airways – and the airline on the brink, again – James Davis looks at what went wrong.

IndiGo places mammoth 300 aircraft order

IndiGo places mammoth 300 aircraft order

Some of the highlights in this week’s Network Planning Community Newsletter include IndiGo’s mammoth 300 aircraft order, South African Airways’ first A350 and rumours of larger aircraft for Virgin Connect.

Africa has 1,140 international flights within the continent daily; Ethiopian is #1

Africa has 1,140 international flights within the continent daily; Ethiopian is #1

International flights within Africa are up 19% since 2015, with Ethiopian Airlines and RwandAir responsible for 60% of this growth. Mauritius – Reunion is now the leading route.


Zambia market returns to growth in 2018; capacity up by 4.2% this year, South African Airways is leading carrier

Zambia market returns to growth in 2018; capacity up by 4.2% this year, South African Airways is leading carrier

There are 2.56 million two-way seats scheduled on flights serving Zambia in 2018, a 4.2% increase on the previous year. Nick Preston takes a look at the African nation’s commercial air traffic trends over the past 10 years, including domestic and international market share and the biggest airlines and country markets.

Madrid takes Cake of the Week for Norwegian long-haul; World Routes 2020 announced and Routes Africa marketing award winners revealed

Madrid takes Cake of the Week for Norwegian long-haul; World Routes 2020 announced and Routes Africa marketing award winners revealed

In this week’s Network Planning Community News, KLM toasts its 150,000th passenger from Inverness while China Southern Airlines opens a second non-stop service to Rome Fiumicino. More news also from AirAsia, Germania, Flybe and Blue Panorama Airlines, plus St. Petersburg and Melbourne airports.

Durban sees 24% passenger traffic increase in three years; set to launch first direct European service in autumn

Durban sees 24% passenger traffic increase in three years; set to launch first direct European service in autumn

Previously overshadowed by Cape Town and Johannesburg – despite serving South Africa’s second largest city – Durban has seen a rapid increase in passenger numbers since 2014. James Davis investigates the underlying seasonality trends and developments behind the airport’s recent growth, and analyses the top airlines and routes serving this coastal city. 


Air Tanzania gets 787-8 – but where will it fly it? Mumbai, London and Guangzhou best options

Air Tanzania gets 787-8 – but where will it fly it? Mumbai, London and Guangzhou best options

Air Tanzania reached a significant milestone earlier this month, when VIPs, staff and crew alike greeted the African airline’s first wide-body to its fleet – ushering in a new chapter in its development. Marc Watkins investigates the carrier’s existing network and its long-haul route plans for the future.

Ghana growth curbed by cutbacks in 2017; Africa World Airlines is leading carrier; Lagos top destination

Ghana growth curbed by cutbacks in 2017; Africa World Airlines is leading carrier; Lagos top destination

There were 4.53 million two-way seats available on flights serving Ghana in 2017, 4.0% down on the previous year. Despite this, the African nation has enjoyed a strong capacity growth spurt over the past 10 years. Nick Preston looks at Ghana’s capacity trends, and its leading airlines, airports and routes.

Düsseldorf-Johannesburg is "Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week" with 115,000 searches; Eurowings to enter this route?

Düsseldorf-Johannesburg is “Skyscanner Unserved Route of the Week” with 115,000 searches; Eurowings to enter this route?

In the last year, Skyscanner’s Travel Insight software has shown that around 115,000 potential travellers searched on the leading flight comparison site for flights between Düsseldorf and Johannesburg ‒ but the city pair is unserved!? Eurowings is growing its long-haul network fast from the German airport, will South Africa’s biggest city be next??


Cape Town Airport experiences strong growth since 2014; increase in international seats outpaces domestic demand

Cape Town Airport experiences strong growth since 2014; increase in international seats outpaces domestic demand

Cape Town Airport handled 10.7 million passengers in 2017, representing a 6.1% increase compared to 2016 and a significant 24% rise since 2014. Nick Preston takes a look at the factors driving this growth and identifies the airport’s main network trends over the past 10 years, including its largest airline operators, and top domestic and […]

South African Airways continues to cut capacity as future remains uncertain; SA Airlink sees double-digit growth as SA Express shrinks

South African Airways continues to cut capacity as future remains uncertain; SA Airlink sees double-digit growth as SA Express shrinks

South African Airways in FY2016 carried 6.92 million passengers with an average load factor of 74%. However, South Africa’s national carrier is in turmoil at the moment with regards to its future. We look to see how the carrier has adjusted its network in recent years to maintain its operation so far.  

Air Algérie seat capacity up 7.5% in 12 months; Budapest and Porto among new destinations; 31% of traffic flown on domestic routes

Air Algérie seat capacity up 7.5% in 12 months; Budapest and Porto among new destinations; 31% of traffic flown on domestic routes

Air Algérie is the national airline of Algeria, operating to destinations across Africa, Europe, North America and Asia. Its biggest airport operation is Algiers, with the capital airport occupying 34% of the airline’s weekly seat capacity. We take a closer look at the carrier’s development and growth in recent years.