SAA plans to increase traffic on its successful Washington route through a new agreement with Africa World Airlines (AWA), a fast-growing regional airline headquartered in Accra, Ghana. The Johannesburg-Accra-Washington route is by far the most lucrative of SAA’s international routes, and the airline believes it can build Accra’s brand-new airport into a lucrative hub in West Africa. The partnership with AWA, which also flies to Lagos in Nigeria, Freetown in Sierra Leone and Monrovia in Liberia, will allow increasingly seamless transfers to North America and the rest of SAA’s international destinations, the companies said.

The loss-making SAA, which recently received R3.5bn in bank funding that will allow it to continue operating until June, is looking for new partnerships to grow its passenger base on the continent and abroad as it tries to turn the airline around. It will add another weekly flight to Accra in April, SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana said. While a previous attempt to dev...

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