FraT, you're right about Atlanta being much more an airport used for connections than Hong Kong is, although I doubt that CX
's connections hurt SAA in Asia...
But is Hong Kong to South Africa really that much of an O/D market? I was always under the impression that HKG
was mainly on SAA's route map because of business connections, not because of tourist travel.
As for filling the seats between Frankfurt and South Africa - even if the demand does go down a bit, which remains to be seen, I doubt that LH
will really have trouble filling the seats: while working for a tour operator sending tourists from Germany to South Africa we at some point almost even stopped checking SA
, because we knew they'd be fully booked - and that sometimes included low seasons: the result was that we sent passengers through CDG
- whenever something was available on those routes (which, often enough, was as problematic as the routes from Frankfurt): only when SAA gave us permission to use the ZRH
flights (and an occasional authorisation to put someone on an LHR
fligh - later on we got rates that included LHR
as well) did we actually start actively checking them again, because those routes usually had some capacities left while Frankfurt was already hopelessly overbooked.
Andz, the glitch is in the a.net database - unfortunately, the site creates a recursive acronym tag in the case of Frankfurt (and a few other airports that are also used as "Airbase" - the word Airbase is abbreviated as "AB", which the programming behind a.net then tries to interpret as the 2-letter-code for Air Berlin)... which, unfortunately, creates that unreadable output.