Monday, 23 March 2020 09:50


South African Airways (SAA) has announced the suspension of regional flights after suspending all the international flights.

The suspension of both international and regional flights is in response to government’s travel ban aimed at stopping the transmission of COVID-19.

In a statement, the airline said due to the suspension of international flights, there has been an “immediate drastic” reduction of demand for African regional flights.

“SAA is a network carrier, which means that a significant part of the regional bookings demand is fed by the passengers that travel to or from the international destinations. Therefore, the suspension of the international flights has resulted in the airline not being able to operate its normal network.”

“This resulted in operation of regional flights not being commercially viable anymore,” said the national carrier.

As of 20 March 2020, the following flights to the following destinations have been suspended:

  • Accra (Ghana),
  • Lusaka (Zambia)
  • Harare (Zimbabwe)
  • Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
  • Windhoek (Namibia)
  • Lagos (Nigeria)
  • Entebbe (Uganda). 

The suspensions are in place until 31 May 2020.

“This decision means that SAA will only continue to render services on its domestic route between Johannesburg and Cape Town.”

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