South African Airways Once Again Takes to the Skies

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South African Airways resumes operations on Sept. 24. (Photo courtesy of South African Airways.)

South African Airways (SAA) will once again take to the skies as the airline resumes operations on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, Aug. 26 2021. Voyager bookings and Travel Credit Voucher redemption will be available from Monday, Sept. 6 2021.

Interim CEO Thomas Kgokolo says in a press statement, “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 and adhering to COVID-19 protocols.”

South African Airways will as an initial phase operate flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Accra, Kinshasa, Harare, Lusaka and Maputo. More destinations will be added to the route network as it ramps up operations in response to market conditions.

“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,” added Kgokolo.

“The aviation sector is currently going through a testing period, and we are aware of the tough challenges that lie ahead in the coming weeks,” says Kgokolo. “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.”

According to the chairman of the SAA’s Board, John Lamola, 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”, says Lamola.

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