South Africa's flag carrier, South African Airways (SAA), and Ghanaian airline Africa World Airlines Limited (AWA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU allows the two airlines to enhance their relationship through synergies that include code sharing, franchising and any other related projects.
South African Airways and Africa World Airlines formed a relationship in 2015, which resulted in the lauch of scheduled services between Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Washington D.C. in the USA. The relationship between the two airlines has since grown from the original commercial co-operation into the new interline commercial agreement. Over the coming months the interline agreement will evolve into a code share agreement.
SAA customers will then travel on one ticket from Johannesburg to Accra, or from Washington D.C. to Accra, and onwards to a number of destinations such as Kumasi in central Ghana, Tamale in the north, and Takoradi in the west. SAA customers will also be able to connect from Accra to Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria, Freetown in Sierra Leone, and Monrovia in Liberia.
In turn, customers of Africa World Airlines travelling from Ghana, Lagos, Abuja, Freetown, and Monrovia, are able to travel on one ticket from any AWA point of origin and connect onto SAA international flights to either Washington D.C. or Johannesburg, or further on the SAA network.
With effect from April 2019 South African Airways will increase the frequency from Accra to Washington D.C. currently four to five flights per week. The airline offers the only nonstop flight between Ghana and Washington D.C. and convenient connections to / from over 100 cities across the U.S. and Canada through its Star Alliance partner, United Airlines viaWashington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Washington D.C..