South African Airways has announced the cancellation of almost 100 local and international flights where there is “low demand” for the month of February.
In a statement today, the beleaguered airline, which has been under business rescue since December, said, “SAA will cancel and consolidate selected scheduled flights where there is low demand based on current forward bookings for the month of February. A number of flights were already cancelled in January.
Journalist Alec Hogg posted a photograph on Twitter yesterday that showed the kind of repercussions SAA is facing from travellers not knowing whether the airline will survive. Empty seats.
Here's the view from one of the few business class passengers on last night's SAA flight from London. He says Economy was virtually empty, estimates only 15 passengers. Suggests latest (taxpayer funded) bailout could be throwing good money after bad. https://t.co/LoyAFYmbDP pic.twitter.com/7w5eu3S6P9
— Alec Hogg (@alechogg) January 29, 2020
Most of the flights cancelled in February originate out of, and fly to, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, but also Kinshasa, Washington, D.C., Nairobi, Windhoek and Accra.
Philip Saunders, Chief Commercial Officer, said, “We are committed to accommodating all affected customers on alternative flights, operated by the airline and its Star Alliance partners. Any inconvenience or delays are intended to be minimal.”