Star Alliance pushes Africa travel
13 April 2007
The Star Alliance airline network has unveiled a "Visit Southern Africa" campaign to promote the region to US and Canadian travellers, underscoring the wide choice of flight connections to Africa offered by the network's member carriers.
"With this campaign we want to highlight how easy and convenient it is to plan your next trip to Africa, long considered a dream destination by many," says Nanci Cheberenchick, Star Alliance's director of sales in the Americas.
"The extensive Star Alliance network will allow passengers to be captivated by the natural beauty of the sand dunes of Namibia, enjoy the beautiful beaches of Mozambique, get splashed at Victoria Falls in Zambia and see spectacular wildlife in South Africa - all in one trip."
Six Star Alliance member airlines fly into and throughout Southern Africa, providing over 3 000 flights a week.
Travellers who fly with South African Airways can choose between a daily non-stop flight from Washington to Johannesburg or a daily one-stop flight from New York to Johannesburg via Dakar, Senegal.
17 countries, 25 destinations, 1 ticket
Once in Africa, tourists using a Star Alliance African Airpass can choose from 25 airport destinations across Sub-Saharan Africa and take between four and 10 flights.
From Johannesburg, for example, South African Airways has onward connections throughout Southern Africa to cities like Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth in South Africa, Harare in Zimbabwe, Lilongwe in Malawi, Lusaka in Zambia, Maputo in Mozambique, Port Louis in Mauritius, and Windhoek in Namibia.
"It's the perfect way to discover the diversity that this fascinating continent has to offer - seeing more than the average tourist, while paying much less than the average fare," Star Alliance says on its website.
"One day you could be on the shores of Lake Malawi or the famous beaches of South Africa, Mauritius or Kenya, and the next experiencing the wonders of Victoria Falls."
SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews