As international airlines attempt to claim a piece of the African pie, adding routes and taking full advantage of the number of flights permitted in bilateral agreements, it is unclear how the troubled SAA will fare in the face of increased competition. The Lufthansa Group has four of its airlines flying to South Africa and will introduce Austrian Airlines in October with a route between Cape Town and Vienna. Last year Eurowings - another of its airlines - began operating between Cape Town and Cologne-Bonn in Germany. Lufthansa group chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr said on Thursday that it had seen an increase in tourists visiting South Africa as well as South Africans using Lufthansa to travel to Europe - a "nice dynamic from both perspectives". South Africa is Lufthansa's top destination in Africa, followed by Nigeria, with the local market accounting for 1% of the group's $18-billion (about R215-billion) annual revenue. André Schulz, Lufthansa's general manager of sales in Souther...

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