Africa Connected

SAA pushes second gateway into Nigeria; through business-node Abuja

Seasoned journalist, Nikiwe Bikitsha visited Nigeria on a quest to unravel Africa's market and business opportunities.

Ohis Ehimiaghe, Regional Manager: North, West and Central Africa, South African Airways, spoke to Bikitsha about the airlines business in Nigeria over the years.

Ehimiaghe tells Bikitsha that next year will mark two decades since SAA's first flight to the giant of Africa.

We started with about two frequencies, then we grew to four frequencies a week, now we're daily. SAA has been doing quite well in Nigeria.

Ohis Ehimiaghe, Regional Manager: North, West & Central Africa, South African Airways (SAA)

SAA has recently introduced a route to Abuja. Built in the 1980's, Abuja became Nigeria’s capital in December 1991. Abuja is a business city, home to many government employees. It has also become renowned for its serene and beautiful landscape.

We believe that instead of passengers coming, flying over into Lagos before they connect to Johannesburg it is better to connect the two capital cities together - to be able to increase awareness, trade, and tourism.

Ohis Ehimiaghe, Regional Manager: North, West & Central Africa, South African Airways (SAA)

The addition of a second gateway into Nigeria, SAA will be able to strengthen its position in West Africa. It already plays a significant role in enabling the movement of goods and people between Southern Africa and West Africa. This additional entry point will enhance the growing trade and cultural exchanges between these two regions.

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