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South African Airways Back in the Skies

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South African Airways (SAA) has announced its decision to resume flights after about a year and a half break. This was communicated through a media release which confirmed the carrier’s plans to commence operations on the 23rd of September, 2021.

Interim CEO Thomas Kgokolo in his statement said that, “After months of diligent work, we are delighted that SAA is resuming service and we look forward to welcoming on board our loyal passengers and flying the South African flag.
We continue to be a safe carrier adhering to COVID-19 protocols.”

“Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, 26 August 2021. Voyager bookings and Travel Credit Voucher redemption will be available from Monday, 6 September 2021” – Thomas Kgokolo said.

Kgokolo added, “there is a profound feeling of enthusiasm within Team SAA as we prepare for takeoff, with one common purpose – to rebuild and sustain a profitable airline that once again takes a leadership role among local, continental, and international airlines.”

Kgokolo reiterated the fact that the aviation industry was “going through a testing period, and we are aware of the tough challenges that lie ahead in the coming weeks. We thank South Africa for the support we have received in getting us to where we are today. As we are now poised for takeoff, we see this as a major milestone for SAA and the country.”

The chairman of the board, John Lamola said that, ” since the national carrier came out of business rescue at the end of April 2021, the Department of Public Enterprises together with the Board and the Management team have been seized with planning for the relaunching of a restructured and fit for purpose airline that South Africans can again be proud of. The airline is restarting with a formidable business case.”

SAA will start its initial flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Accra, Kinshasa, Harare, Lusaka and Maputo. According to the communique, “more destinations will be added to the route network as it ramps up operations in response to market conditions.”

 

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