South African Airways (SAA) said it will reinstate the international flights for Sunday from OR Tambo but plans to cancel regional and domestic for Sunday and Monday due to the strike.
The airline is working with Mango Airlines, to re-accommodate as many customers as possible traveling on its domestic services.
Workers led by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the SA Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) are demanding an 8% pay hike, along with a raft of other demands including no retrenchments for the next three years.
Sacca and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have agreed to meet with South African Airways at the CCMA on Saturday in a bid to resolve the industrial action.
This week, the airline also announced plans to retrench more than 900 employees.
Meanwhile President Cyril Ramaphosa, in an interview with the SABC in Brazil, said the strike is a labour-relations issues that calls for cool heads, and public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan told a conference in New York that the airline is “not too big to fail”.
“If some tough decisions need to be made, we’ll make them,” he said, adding that some of the unions are politically motivated. “They’re risking the future of the airline and the jobs of everybody else. Hopefully they come to their senses before we go too far.”