South African Airways has confirmed that it was in a process of cancelling and consolidating selected local and international flights,as part of saving cash.
In a statement it said the decision was part of what it sees as a "responsible strategy to conserve cash and optimise its position ahead of any further capital investment".
SAA is running short of cash after the government failed to provide R2 billion rand of emergency funding it promised when the airline entered a form of bankruptcy protection on the 5th of December 2019.
It has been reported that 19 international and domestic SAA flights have been cancelled but SAA has not yet confirmed any flight cancellations.
While SAA has not revealed any details as to which flights were cancelled, Flight Centre seemed to have confirmed it.
In a tweet, the company revealed: “South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled a number of their domestic and international flights. We are in the process of contacting our customers to advise and assist. Should you be affected and wish to discuss your options, please contact your Travel Expert.” (sic).
Meanwhile SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said the airline will communicate "any significant operational changes that may have an impact on flight schedules, should they come into effect".
"Where there may be flight schedule amendments, such operational changes will be managed and communicated in accordance with the industry norms and practices," said Tlali.
The airline would be obliged to move passengers to alternative airlines, or alternatively passengers can apply for a refund. Passengers wanting to err on the side of caution by cancelling their tickets,they would be subject to a fee, depending on where they are departing from (with the added cost of re-booking applicable).
They can contact their call centre for full assistance on 0861 606 606 or 011 978 1111 - or visit the SAA website.