South African Airways (SAA) will pull out of the Burundi and Rwanda markets from 7 December as it continues its network overhaul to cut costs.
The airline will end its services to Bujumbura and Kigali leaving RwandAir to continue the service with SAA as a codeshare partner.
The cuts follow the decision by SAA to pull out of the Bueons Aires route next year as part of a strategic realignment by the flag carrier.
From December SAA also plans to increase frequencies on other routes. Additional services will be operated from Johannesburg to Kinshasa, from four to six per week and to Dar Es Salaam, from 12 to 13 a week.
In January more frequencies will be added from Johannesburg to Windhoek, Ndola and Lusaka.