South African Airways is cutting several flights loose ‘for operational reasons’, according to a notification sent out this week.
Tourism Update says that routes to several African destinations will be greatly reduced from now on, with fewer flights and a changed schedule, in a bid to reduce operational costs during a financially difficult time for the company.
Changes will apply to the following routes:
- Johannesburg – Pointe-Noir, Rep. Congo – Brazzaville – Johannesburg
Flights on Fridays, with Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays cut (Effective 25 September)
- Johannesburg – Libreville, Gabon – Douala, Cameroon (Effective 9 October)
Flights on Fridays, with Sundays and Wednesdays cut
- Johannesburg – Kinshasa, DRC
Flights on Sundays, Thursdays, with Saturdays cut (Effective 9 October)
- Johannesburg – Entebbe, Uganda
Flights on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, with Saturdays cut (Effective 9 October)
- Johannesburg – Luanda, Angola
Flights on Sundays, Tuesdays, Saturdays, with flights cut on all other days (Effective 9 October)
- Johannesburg, Libreville, Gabon – Cotonou, Benin
Flights on Mondays, Saturdays, with Thursdays cut (Effective 1 November)
Tourism Update adds that SAA Acting CEO Musa Zwane and his executive committee have made these decisions after identifying ways to help save a whopping R900-million per year.
Passengers who have already booked tickets for the soon to be obsolete routes will be able to change them free of charge, provided they are purchased before the 17th of October.