In a momentous occasion for both travellers and industry stakeholders alike, South African Airways (SAA) triumphantly returned to Perth, rekindling its esteemed service connecting Johannesburg to Western Australia’s vibrant capital.

At Perth Airport, SAA’s A340-300 graced the skies, touching down just after 12:30 PM on Monday, 29 April 2024. This heralds the renaissance of a pivotal route that has long been cherished by globetrotters and expatriates alike.

Echoing the sentiments of anticipation and elation, Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism Rita Saffioti expressed, “This inaugural non-stop service operated by South African Airways represents a significant milestone in our state’s aviation recovery, providing direct connections for the substantial South African community residing in Western Australia.”

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With a nod to the profound impact on tourism, Saffioti added, “We’re really excited this service between Johannesburg and Perth has been reinstated, which brings massive advantages for our state’s tourism industry and of course, marks the 19th international destination we have secured direct links to since the pandemic.”

For Perth Airport’s CEO Jason Waters, the return of SAA signals the resurgence of a cherished partnership, spanning an impressive 67 years.

“It was great to see South African Airways back after a four-year break,” Waters expressed. “Perth Airport has had a remarkable partnership with SAA, and we are incredibly pleased to have them flying to and from our port again.”

Highlighting the strategic significance of the renewed service, Professor John Lamola, CEO of South African Airways, shared his enthusiasm, stating, “We are excited to be back on these beautiful Perth shores, especially after stepping off the inaugural South African Airways’ direct flight between Johannesburg and Perth – marking a significant milestone in our recovery journey since we returned to the skies about three years ago.”

Lamola emphasized the paramount importance of Perth in SAA’s expansion strategy, affirming, “Perth is our second intercontinental route to be relaunched after Sao Paulo, it signals the strategic importance to our growth and expansion plans.”

With the resumption of thrice-weekly services, totalling 78,936 seats annually, South African Airways embarks on a promising chapter, reigniting the flame of connectivity and fostering closer ties between two vibrant regions separated by oceans yet united in spirit.

As the wheels of progress turn, travellers and travel agents alike can anticipate an era of unparalleled opportunities and unforgettable journeys, all set against the backdrop of South African Airways’ triumphant return to the Perth skies.

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