British Airways flies in investment into Africa

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British Airways has upped its investment into the continent with newly allocated expansion plans in Southern and East Africa.

“We’re really excited here at British Airways to be able to broach the news that we’re expanding both within Kenya and Uganda within East Africa. Within Kenya itself we’re removing our 777-300 aircraft and replacing that with a 747-400 aircraft, which is representative of another 780 seats per week. [It] is fantastic news for our customers on the Nairobi to London route,” Edward frost, British Airways commercial manager for East and Southern Africa, told CNBC Africa.

“Within Uganda, [it’s been] a real success story for us. We’re increasing our services from three to four, and re-timing that service so our Ugandan customers can take advantage of the great connections we have over our home harbour of terminal five in London, and onward to America and Europe.”

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Were Southern Africa concerned, however, Frost added that British Airways ceased its flight to Lusaka, Zambia, but that other parts of Southern Africa were still is a prime African market.

British Airways flies an Airbus A380 aircraft from Johannesburg, the plane being the largest passenger aircraft in the world. The airline recently also opened a new lounge at Cape Town International Airport worth 1.1 million pounds.

British Airways will additionally increase its frequency from seven to 10 per week in Cape Town during the winter season.

“We’re actually really pleased that we’re supporting [and] committing out aircraft and assets to this market to offer more choice, value and more importantly flexibility for all of our customers within the Southern and East African markets,” Frost added.

British Airways has launched additional frequencies from seven to 10 per week within Ghana in its West Africa segment, and updates its frequency, capacity and schedule in Angola with a 777-300 aircraft as part of its Southern African segment expansion plans.

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“We’ve got great investment going into South Africa with the A380, and the increased frequencies out of Cape Town. That, coupled with our on-the-ground strategy, we’re really excited about the lounge in Cape Town, [and] we’re looking forward to potentially moving into the new proposed terminal building in Kenya. There’s a huge amount of investment across the patch within Africa,” said Frost.