Gauteng welcomes inaugural SAA flight from Perth

Posted on 26 February 2024 By Tsoku Maela

Gauteng, South Africa’s bustling economic hub and the gateway to Africa, is gearing up to extend a warm traditional welcome to travelers aboard the inaugural South African Airways (SAA) flight from Perth to Johannesburg. Scheduled to land at O.R. Tambo International Airport at the end of April 2024, this non-stop thrice-weekly flight marks a significant milestone in fostering easier connectivity between the two continents.

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The eagerly awaited flight, set to take off from Johannesburg on April 28, 2024, has witnessed a surge in seat bookings, particularly in the economy class. Ms. Sthembiso Dlamini, CEO of Gauteng Tourism Authority, expressed excitement about the recommencement of this route after a three-year hiatus. She emphasized its role in facilitating seamless travel for both leisure and business travelers, while also fostering trade and cultural exchange between South Africa and Australia.

This initiative marks the second interoceanic route to be reopened, following the launch of the Sao Paulo, Brazil route in October 2023. It offers an alternative travel itinerary for those journeying to South America, with flights available to Sao Paulo from either Johannesburg or Cape Town with South African Airways.

The revival of the Johannesburg to Perth direct route signifies more than mere air travel; it symbolizes the connection between two cities and the bridging of diverse cultures and experiences. For Australian travelers, it opens doors to the rich tapestry of experiences that Gauteng offers – from its dynamic urban lifestyle to its breathtaking natural landscapes. It’s an invitation to explore the #GPLifestyle – a unique fusion of adventure, culture, and gastronomy that the province is renowned for.

Embark on a journey to mankind’s roots with a visit to Mrs. Pless at the Cradle of Humankind, where you can explore the caves that once sheltered early humans. Dive into the vibrant spirit of Soweto, the hometown of two South African World leaders, Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu. Immerse yourself in the local cuisine, meet the friendly locals, and absorb the infectious vibe of the city.

Adventure enthusiasts will find plenty to thrill them, from bungee jumping to kayaking, mountain climbing to cycling. Gauteng’s scenic beauty extends beyond its urban landscape, with parks, wildlife experiences, and nature reserves waiting to be explored. The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden stands out as one of the world’s most beautiful botanical gardens, while game reserves offer unforgettable Big 5 safari experiences.

In just a 10-hour flight, travelers can immerse themselves in a vibrant new world, ticking off bucket-list experiences and listening to the enchanting sounds of the bushveld under clear night skies.

The direct flights (SA 280) depart OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 20:55, arriving at Perth International Airport the following day at 12:20. Flights from Perth (SA 281) are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, departing at 14:40 and arriving the same day at 19:35 in Johannesburg. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey of discovery and adventure with Gauteng as your gateway to Africa

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