After almost a year with no flights and mothballed operations, South African Airways is ready to take off again. The airline has confirmed that it will resume flights on September 23rd, with bookings and travel credit redemptions open from September 6th.
SAA is back
The wait is finally over! South African Airways has announced a return to operations, with its first flights planned for September 23rd. Initial flights will connect Johannesburg and Cape Town with several other African countries, and will be open for bookings from September 6th.
The last 12 months have not been kind to South African Airways, as the airline went into the pandemic crisis already in a precarious financial position. The airline had been placed into administration in December 2019, and COVID only added to its woes. With the situation getting worse, the entire business was mothballed in September last year, and no flights have taken off since.
The airline exited business rescue at the end of April, with the groundwork laid for a return to operations. With the airline solvent and control handed back to the board and executive team, it was only a matter of time before the green light was given for a relaunch.
The airline says its initial flights will operate from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Accra, Kinshasa, Harare, Lusaka, and Maputo. It plans to restart more routes and expand its network as market conditions improve. Kgokolo added,
Everything falling into place
Since exiting business rescue, SAA’s team has been hard at work getting the airline ready to restart operations. Earlier this month, the airline reported having secured its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) for both domestic and international flights, as reported in ch-aviation.com.
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