SAA scraps several flights in ‘consolidation’ move_1

Struggling national carrier South African Airways said on Tuesday it was in the process of consolidating its flights and had cancelled several on the domestic front as well as selected services between Johannesburg and Munich

In a statement SAA, which the government put under business rescue in December, said it was scrapping a number of flights from 20 January to 24 January between the Oliver Tambo International, Cape Town and King Shaka airports in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban respectively.

“SAA is working closely with its sister airline, Mango, to re-accommodate passengers on alternative services operated by both airlines to minimise disruption, and thereby ensure passengers reach their destination as quickly as possible,” it said.

The airline added that it would re-accommodate passengers affected by the Munich cancellations on its services between Johannesburg and Frankfurt as well as London Heathrow.

“Some passengers travelling to Munich, and others travelling via Munich to other destinations, will be re-accommodated for some of their journey on partner airlines in the Star Alliance to minimise delays,” SAA said.

These decisions with its policy of “reviewing flights and consolidating services with low demand”, it said.

“Furthermore, during the current process of business rescue, these cancellations represent a responsible strategy to conserve cash and optimise the airline’s position ahead of any further capital investment,” SAA added.