Mining sector powers new Johannesburg to Perth service


South African Airways has relaunched its Johannesburg to Perth service using Airbus A340-300s. The new flights will connect 40,000 more passengers per year each way.

Flight Centre Corporate Global COO Melissa Elf said the route was in demand with the business travellers, particularly in the mining, oil, and gas sector.

“We’ve seen an eight per cent uplift in demand from our corporate travellers moving between Australia and South Africa in the first quarter of this year, compared to the first quarter of last year,” she said.

“The rate of air capacity compared to before the pandemic has been among Australia’s lowest across all international routes, sitting at 37 per cent prior to these South African Airways flights recommencing.

“From this weekend, we’ll see that jump up to 61 per cent of pre-pandemic capacity, and we’re anticipating it to hit around 90 per cent by the end of the year.

“This is already having a positive impact on the cost of fares, which were down by 11 per cent last quarter, compared to the first quarter of 2023.

“We’re expecting to see this trend continue in the coming months as travellers see new options enter the market.”

South African Airways head of communications Vimla Maistry said the new Johannesburg- Perth service would support the mining sector.

“Australians are a valuable source of foreign direct spend in our economy, contributing to both direct and indirect South African employment through tourism,” said Maistry.