SOUTH AFRICA AIRWAYS has cancelled flights, including regional ones, due to Coronavirus pandemic and will only provide services domestically between Johannesburg and Cape Town.
In a statement just released, the airliner said it will immediately suspend all regional and international operations until the end of May in response to a government travel ban aimed at stopping the transmission of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).
The statement read, “The suspension of flights follows the gazetting of Regulations and the issuing of a Notice to Air Men (NOTAM), an official government notice prohibiting the embarkation and disembarkation of crew and passengers from SAA’s three international destinations. The regulation is effective from Friday March 21.”
“In support of efforts by government to in dealing with this pandemic, and in the best interests of our crew, passengers and the public, we have decided to suspend all international and regional flights until 31 May 2020.
It is a responsibility of all of us and not just government to curb further transmission of the virus. Especially because we operate in the high-risk regions” said SAA Acting CEO, Zuks Ramasia.
Countries affected by the suspension:
- Accra (Ghana),
- Lusaka (Zambia),
- Harare (Zimbabwe), Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe),
- Windhoek (Namibia),
- Lagos (Nigeria),
- Entebbe (Uganda) and
- Other countries which have not been declared high-risk such as Perth (Australia) and Sao Polo (Brazil).
Customers are advised to contact either their travel agents or for direct bookings, South African Airways Call Centres on +27 (0) 11 978 – 1111 or 0861 606 606 or 0800 214 774 (South Africa only) or +27 (0) 11 978 – 2888.