• Chidozie Uzoezie

We Are Not Losing Route Rights - South African Airways

Following rumours that South African Airways (SAA) has lost rights to some of its routes, The management of the airline has assured its customers and trade partners that the airline is not losing its route rights. 

In a statement released on 29 September, 2022, the airline said it will continue to operate its current network and schedule with 6 regional and 3 domestic destinations.

Recently, South African Airways deployed additional capacity on the Cape Town route to meet demand and we have increased the aircraft size on the Harare route.

"SAA made representation to the International Air Services Licensing Council (The Council) on its current route allocation and the decision by the Council to review some of the frequencies on the routes that the airline is currently not serving. 

SAA continues to ramp up its operations by bringing in additional equipment into the fleet. The first addition arrived on 27th September 2022. SAA has taken delivery of an Airbus 320 which allows the airline to continue to gain momentum with the intention to resume full regional and international services.

There is no doubt that SAA still retains a high brand equity and customer loyalty, demonstrated by successfully operating six in-demand routes on our Continent, high occupancy rates on domestic routes, and robust increase of Voyager members."

In addition to SAA-operated flights, customers can select to fly with SAA’s codeshare partners, including Emirates, Air Mauritius, LAM Mozambique, Egyptair, Ethiopian, Singapore Airlines and Kenya Airways.

All SAA and codeshare flights can be booked on SAA website at competitive rates. Customers and voyager members can be assured that SAA will be adding more codeshare partners in the coming months.

SAA is a member of the 24 member airlines network, Star Alliance, which currently offers more than 10,000 daily flights to almost 1,200 airports in 184 countries.

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