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SAfrica airline increases flights for IPL fans

cricket Updated: May 19, 2009 21:32 IST

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South Africa's national carrier said on Tuesday it will increase flights between Johannesburg and Mumbai to ferry cricket fans ahead of final Indian Premier League (IPL) matches this weekend.

"This comes as a result of an increase in demand for seats from spectators," South African Airways (SAA) said in a statement.

The carrier will add two extra return flights on Wednesday and Saturday to its normal schedule of four flights per week. A larger airplane will be used for existing return flights leaving Johannesburg on Thursday and Sunday.

The IPL wraps up on Sunday in Johannesburg with two semi-finals in Johannesburg and Centurion on Saturday.

The star-studded tournament was moved to South Africa over fears of insufficient security as the dates clashed with India's general elections.