South African Airways has announced the cancellation of almost 100 local and international flights where there is “low demand” for the month of February.

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Empty seats on a SAA flight from London this week. Photo: Twitter.

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.

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.”