Cape Town - South African Airways says it is adding multiple destinations to India, with aim of netting substantial savings through its code-sharing agreements.
The airline said that from 1 April 2015, all Indian destination flights would be routed via Abu Dhabi, through its new direct service with onward code-share agreement connections with Etihad and Jet Airways into the sub-continent.
The move, which sees an end to its direct flights between Johannesburg and Mumbai, will stem substantial losses for the airline.
Last week SAA Acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout announced the reconfiguration of flights between South Africa and China with code-share agreements also expanding airline network reach.
“Optimisation of the SAA network is an ongoing process and a critical aspect of the Long-Term Turnaround Strategy. It is also a key deliverable of the 90 Day Action Plan,” said Bezuidenhout.
The move is said to present significant commercial opportunity to the airline.
“This is a double-win for the business. Connectivity between South Africa and major economic centres within two strategically important BRICS member states has been increased substantially while an immediate balance sheet gain curbs losses on challenging routes. The commercial opportunity has grown tenfold at both ends of a sound business case.”
Bezuidenhout said he expects the positive impact of the remedial action to reflect during the 2015/16 financial year.
New destinations in India include Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Madras among others. Passengers booked on flights departing after the end date of the direct service will be accommodated on the reconfigured network.