South African Airways (SAA) has launched flights to Abuja — a second gateway in Nigeria in addition to Lagos.
The inaugural flight departed on Tuesday Jan. 26 at 23:55 from Johannesburg via Lagos and landed in Abuja Wednesday at 07:30.
The flight was greeted with a traditional welcome ceremony as guests entered into Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
Lagos is SAA’s entry point into Nigeria, where it flies daily. Abuja, its second Nigerian destination, will enable movement of travelers and goods between Southern and West Africa.
Nigeria is one of the most popular and profitable routes in the SAA African route network, said Aaron Munetsi, SAA acting chief commercial officer. “Introducing Abuja adds more travel options for our customers, especially for the business community, and enhances our footprint on the continent,” Munetsi said.
Three weekly nonstop flights between Johannesburg and Abuja will operate on Airbus 330-200 aircraft, offering SAA business and economy class with the latest in-flight entertainment.
Round-trip prices start at 6596 rand ($415 US).
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