In a slight reprieve for South African Airways, Flight Centre Travel Group will once again start selling tickets on the carrier’s planes, more than six weeks after it stopped selling them because of insurance issues and doubts about the long-term viability of the airline.
The company said in a statement that its preferred travel insurance provider would from today reinstate cover to SAA under its Travel Supplier Insolvency cover.
“In light of the above development, Flight Centre Travel Group has reviewed its position, stated on 28 November 2019, and has decided to lift its stop-sell on SAA,” said Andrew Stark, MD Flight Centre Travel Group Middle East and Africa. The group’s wholly owned brands – Flight Centre Travel Group, FCM Travel Solutions, Corporate Traveller, Flight Centre Business Travel, Cruiseabout, and Flight Centre Associates – would from today sell SAA tickets to its customers, in accordance with its standard terms and conditions.
On 27 November 2019, FCTG was informed that Travel Insurance Consultants and its underwriters were no longer willing to cover SAA, “due to doubts concerning the long-term viability of the airline.”