Perth airport has welcomed the announcement that Star Alliance member South African Airways (SAA) will recommence services between its Johannesburg hub and Perth from 28 April 2024.

Airport chief commercial and aviation officer, Kate Holsgrove, said that it was great to see SAA back in Perth after three years following the impacts of the pandemic.

“The non-stop flight will operate three times per week on the airline’s Airbus A340-300 aircraft delivering 78,936 seats to the Perth market.

“Once flights resume, we will continue working closely with South African Airways with the aim of rebuilding back to a daily service.

“The return of South African Airways’ services between Perth and Johannesburg also provides an alternative itinerary for those travelling to South America with flights also available to Sao Paulo, Brazil from either Johannesburg or Cape Town with South African Airways.”

SAA will operate the Johannesburg-Perth service on an A340-300 which has a total of 253 seats configured with 38 business class seats and 215 economy class seats.

The flights will initially operate three times a week, departing Perth at 1440 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

SAA almost liquidated during the pandemic but has since bounced back.

The airline currently operates just a fraction of its former fleet, comprising six A320 aircraft for its shorter regional flights, two A330-300s and one A340-300, with a second to be reactivated in the near future.