British Airways boosts African footprint

Wednesday, 3 July 2013 00:00 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

British Airways is set to increase its schedule to Marrakech from daily to 10 flights a week and a third weekly service to Agadir, Morocco from October. The services will increase to Marrakech from October 28, while the third flight to Agadir will start on October 29. The additional frequencies go on sale immediately, said a statement. Meanwhile, three additional frequencies to Johannesburg, South Africa were added, in addition to the existing double-daily services. Daily direct flights to Cape Town were also doubled for the summer, it said. There are more scheduled service expansions to East and Southern Africa, besides flying to Nairobi up to eight flights a week. The acquisition of British Midland International (BMI) from Lufthansa by the airline last year allowed the increase in flights in the region, said a senior official. “The acquisition of BMI has enabled us to increase our flights in Africa to serve 18 routes in 15 countries. These flights link growing African destinations to London and provide onward connections to the world’s business capitals,” said Ian Petrie, regional commercial manager for Africa. In addition to this international network, British Airways’ franchise partner, Comair, operates to domestic and regional destinations in South and Southern Africa, flying over 700 departures a week. It recently added Maputo to its regional network, added the statement.