South Africa AirwaysÂ Â (SAA) has created a new dedicated premier passengersâ€™ lounge at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and launch is scheduled for September 2009.
SAAâ€™s Head: North, Central and West Africa, Mr. Aaron Munetsi, said establishment of the lounge was part of the airlineâ€™s efforts to offer its premium passengers a comfortable environment to relax, away from the din of airport departure hall, before boarding their flight.
â€œWe are going to launch the new business class lounge at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in September this year. Work has reached advanced stage on the project and we are satisfied,â€ he stated.
According to Munetsi, the decision of SAA management to build the new lounge is in furtherance of the airlineâ€™s objective of making Lagos the hub of the airlineâ€™s business activities in West African.
He said when operational, the lounge facility, which is comparable, if not better than similar ones operated by the airline across the globe, would provide world class services to users.
Munetsi reiterated that Nigeria remained critical to SAAâ€™s global operations, necessitating an increase in the number of flight frequencies from two on the Lagos-Johannesburg route in 1998, to six at present.
HeÂ added that the airline was on the verge of securing three additional slots on the proposed Abuja-Johannesburg route.
He expressed delight that SAA has made appreciable progress in the nationâ€™s aviation sector since 1998 when the airline entered the Nigerian market as a major player, stating that the high volume of passenger traffic on the Lagos-Johannesburg route necessitated the re-introduction of Boeing 747-400 aircraft.
According to him, this makes NigeriaÂ â€œone of the only two countries where the airline fly the Boeing 747-400 aircraft configured in three cabins of First, Business and Economy.â€
Meanwhile, SAA is offering First Class experiences at Business_Class prices to its Nigerian premium passenger under a special promotion currently run by the airline.