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British Airways boosts African footprint

British Airways boosts African footprint

Since acquiring British Midland International (BMI) just over a year ago, British Airways (BA) has substantially increased its African network adding three additional destinations and 20 more services.

In West Africa BA started flying three times a week to Sierra Leone and Liberia. The new flights to these fast-growing regional economies are in addition to the well-established West-African routes in Ghana and Nigeria.

In Morocco, BA has just announced an increase in its schedule to Marrakesh from daily to 10 flights a week and added a third weekly service to Agadir, the second time in less than a year that the airline has grown its Morocco services.

Schedule increases to East and Southern Africa include upping the Nairobi frequencies to eight a week. In South Africa BA confirmed three additional frequencies to Johannesburg, on top of the existing double-daily services to the country’s business hub and its direct daily Cape Town/London flights, which increase to double daily over the southern hemisphere summer peak season.

“The acquisition of BMI has enabled us to expand our flying programme in Africa to serve 18 routes in 15 countries. We now fly to more places, more often than we ever have before in the 80 years we have served the continent. These flights link growing African destinations to London and provide onward connections to the world’s business capitals,” says Ian Petrie, Regional Commercial Manager for Africa adding that, “More information on British Airways’ African network and timetables, can be found at www.ba.com.”

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