Direct flights from Johannesburg to Beijing have been announced by South African Airways.

There could be an increase in the numbers of people taking flights to Johannesburg from Beijing soon as a direct route between the two cities has been announced.

South Africa Airways (SAA) has revealed it is to start offering a direct journey from Johannesburg to the Chinese city, with three trips to be made each week.

While the route has been established primarily for business reasons, it is likely to be also used by leisure passengers.

Commenting on the new route, SAA chief executive officer Siza Mzimela said: “The introduction of aviation links between nations nurtures economic activity, with domestic and regional benefit within the Southern African Development Community expected to pay dividends both in terms of trade and tourism.”

Film makers from around the world are currently in Johannesburg as part of the Jonzi Film Festival, which is showcasing a range of movies produced by people living in the region of the city.

Written by Ruth Norris

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