BA boosts African footprint
Since acquiring bmi just over a year ago, British Airways has substantially increased its African network adding three additional destinations, in Morocco, BA has announced an increase in its schedule to Marrakech from daily to 10 flights a week and added a third weekly service to Agadir. The additional frequencies go on sale immediately. The Marrakech services increase on 28 October with the third Agadir flight starting on 29 October.
This is the second time in less than a year that the airline has expanded its services in Morocco. Late last year the airline added four flights a week to Marrakech and began a twice-weekly service to Agadir.
In West Africa BA started flying three times a week to Sierra Leone and Liberia in addition to the well-established West-African routes in Ghana and Nigeria.
There are more scheduled service expansions to East and Southern Africa as well as flying to Nairobi up to eight flights a week. Three additional frequencies to Johannesburg have been added on top of the existing double-daily services, in addition to the direct daily Cape Town/ London flights, which also increased to double daily over the southern hemisphere summer peak season.
“The acquisition of bmi has enabled us to increase our flights 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.
In addition to this international network, British Airways’ franchise partner, Comair, operates to domestic and regional destinations in South and Southern Africa, flying over 700 departures a week. It recently added Maputo to its regional network.
Mervat Alfy, British Airways commercial manager in Egypt said: “Acquiring bmi just over a year ago helped develop the next chapter for British Airways in Africa. British Airways is very excited about the recent developments and we are very proud to be building upon our strong tradition of providing the best of British service for our customers.”