Indeed, South African Airways (SAA) chose to refocus on the FRA market instead. I imagine there were some high costs related to the operations of additional short legs (FRA-MUC, FRA-DUS).
Did they mention why they have such an interest in the MUC market (and LH in the JNB one)?
I know BMW A.G. has a factory in South Africa, and some Bavarian employees from München, Dingolfing, ... were proposed to work some time down there. But I really doubt this is enough to warrant the profitability of regular operations...
What is the schedule of the MUC-JNB-MUC flights?
What about the MUC-LHR-MUC?
That could potentially enlightus about the strategy of Lufthansa for this flight. When Austrian Airlines operated services on VIE-JNB, most of its customers where connecting on LHR flights, providing substantial revenue.
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