Air Algérie, Algeria’s national airline, has introduced a new flight route to Johannesburg, South Africa, with two weekly non-stop flights commencing on September 21, 2023.
The inauguration event took place at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on August 21, 2023, marking a significant milestone in the airline’s expansion strategy.
The concept of this connection has been in development for some time and forms a pivotal part of Air Algérie’s overarching plan to expand its route network.
Departures from Algiers will occur on Sundays and Thursdays, while return flights will operate on Mondays and Thursdays, utilizing the Airbus A330 aircraft.
Algiers Airport, a prominent gateway in Northern Africa, is matched by OR Tambo, the key aviation hub in Southern Africa. Notably, this route has remained untapped by any carrier in a consistent manner, signifying Air Algérie’s unique position as the exclusive operator for the foreseeable future.
According to Air Algérie spokesperson Amine Andaloussi, this venture is an exciting development. Despite Air Algérie’s limited presence in sub-Saharan Africa, the ALG-JNB route will distinguish itself as the airline’s longest within the African continent, covering a distance of 4,619 miles (7,433 kilometers).
This achievement places it as the second-longest route in the carrier’s network, trailing only behind ALG-PEK (5,671 miles) and ahead of ALG-YUL (3,909 miles).
While Algeria ranks among South Africa’s prominent trade partners in North Africa, tourism flows between these nations have been relatively moderate. As a result, the JNB-ALG route is expected to be frequented largely by transit passengers seeking seamless onward connections.
Air Algérie, as the flag bearer, extends an array of over 15 connectivity options for travelers headed to destinations across Asia, Europe, and North America.
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