SAA Improves Flights to Beijing

South African Airways has improved flight times to Beijing, China following recent extensive negotiations with the Chinese authorities. The airline's schedule to Beijing now offers improved arrival and departure times to and from Beijing, effective 1 May 2014, with the flight departing about four hours earlier in Johannesburg and arriving four hours earlier in Beijing. Flying time between Johannesburg and Beijing is about 15 hours.

Tourism has grown and China is now the fourth largest inbound tourism market to South Africa, after Germany and the fastest growing market with approximately 134 000 arrivals in 2013. China last year recorded more that 80 million outbound travellers, with South Africa only having a tiny market share demonstrating considerable potential for growth.