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SAA wants to expand

The airline insists it has been able to grow its market share significantly, despite high fuel bills.

South African Airways plane. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - South African Airways (SAA)'s fuel costs increased by R2.2 billion over the past financial year.

But the airline insists it has been able to grow its market share significantly in the past five years, despite the ballooning fuel bill.

On Tuesday, the airline presented its plans for a stable future to Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises.

SAA CEO Siza Mzimela said the airline remains the largest in Africa.

As part of the carrier's proposed growth strategy, new routes would be introduced from Johannesburg.

But some destinations presented challenges because of traffic rights, Mzimela said.

SAA has growth plans for some existing routes like Dar es Salaam, Lusaka and Harare.

Mzimela said SAA is also examining the feasibility of a West African hub.

Air traffic analysis showed West Africa was substantially under-serviced.

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