- Chidozie Uzoezie
South African Airways Scales Down Scheduled Flight Operations
As the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is biting harder and harder on the airlines, South African Airways (SAA) has scaled down capacity in response to the low demand for air travel.
The effects of the outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have led to travel disruptions and restrictions across the world, leading to the grounding of aircraft, releasing employees, and cancelling flights for many airlines. SAA is not immune to these realities.
In the light of the substantial fall in demand for air travel, SAA has reviewed its flight schedule and has decided to operate flights only under circumstances where its load factors and other business considerations weigh in favour of scheduling flights.
However, the airline has cancelled certain flights that have been negatively impacted more than others.
For the period 17 until 31 March 2020, SAA has cancelled a total of 162 flights. Of these, 38 are international and 124 are regional (destinations on the African continent) flights.