In association with ExecuJet, the awards cover all aspects of business travel, including the four main areas of hotels, airlines, car rental and travel management, along with related categories such as travel credit card provider, foreign exchange, visas, private aviation and conferencing.
Voting for the winners comprised of a number of sources within the South African business travel industry, including the Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) member travel agents, the African Business Travel Association’s corporate travel buyers, the broader business travel industry and an astute panel of judges, led by SA Tourism Chief Marketing Officer, Margie Whitehouse.
Here are the 5 African long-haul airlines voted best for the business traveller:
As the flag carrier airline of Mauritius, Air Mauritius serves a number of destinations in Europe, Asia, India, China, Australia and the Indian Ocean Islands.
From Southern Africa, Air Mauritius has two daily flights to Mauritius from Johannesburg; three weekly flights from Cape Town, and two weekly flights direct from Durban to the island.
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Based in Windhoek, Air Namibia is the government-owned carrier of Namibia. The airline is a full service carrier and has robust flight route between Namibia from South Africa.
The airline offers four times weekly service flight between Durban and Windhoek via Gaborone.
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Ethiopian Airlines originally named Ethiopian Air Lines was founded in 1945 and is owned by the government as the national flag carrier for Ethiopia.
As a Star Alliance member, Ethiopian Airlines has 28 airline partners including South African Airways and 38 superb hotel partnerships including other partnerships.
The airline touches down at over 80 international destinations including Cape Town with a flight frequency of 10 times per week.
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As the flag carrier airline of Kenya, the airline supplies numerous scheduled services to destinations worldwide, which includes 59 international cities throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
In South Africa, Kenya Airways operates three daily flights to and from OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg and offers a three times a week service between Nairobi and Cape Town via Livingstone.
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SAA - Overall winner
South African Airlines - which has just appointed a new CEO and is undergoing route restructuring - provides the largest air travel network in Africa. With a current fleet of 58 aircraft that operate from Tambo International Airport hub to 38 destinations worldwide with 24 in Africa.
SAAs domestic market operates a total of 554 flights per week including code-shared flights between Lanseria to Cape Town and Durban with more frequencies offered than any other airline in South Africa.
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