The South African Airways (SAA) will once again be visible in the skies after the airline released a statement on Wednesday, August 25, indicating that operations will commence on Thursday, September 23.
According to SAA, tickets will go on sale on Thursday, August 26 and voyager bookings and Travel Credit Voucher redemption will be made available from Monday, September 6.
The wait is finally over. In just under a month, the striking and familiar livery of SAA will once again be visible in the skies as the airline resumes operations. The carrier has confirmed the first flights will commence on Thursday, 23 of September 2021. #FlySAA pic.twitter.com/6fkmL5z6Ym
— SAA – South Africa (@flysaa) August 25, 2021
Interim CEO Thomas Kgokolo says as an initial phase SAA will operate flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Accra, Kinshasa, Harare, Lusaka and Maputo, however, more destinations will be added to the route network as it ramps up operations in response to market conditions.
“After months of diligent work, we are delighted that SAA is resuming service and we look forward to welcoming onboard our loyal passengers and flying the South African flag. We continue to be a safe carrier and adhering to COVID-19 protocols.” Kgokolo said.
Kgokolo added, that there is a profound feeling of enthusiasm within Team SAA as they prepare for takeoff, with one common purpose – to rebuild and sustain a profitable airline that once again takes a leadership role among local, continental, and international airlines.
” The aviation sector is currently going through a testing period, and we are aware of the tough challenges that lie ahead in the coming weeks. We thank South Africa for the support we have received in getting us to where we are today,” Kgokolo mentioned.
— SAA – South Africa (@flysaa) August 19, 2021
Meanwhile, Western Cape tourism agency, Wesgro, says that the number of flights into Cape Town is starting to increase in several key markets. Flights from Namibia to Cape Town have increased significantly in Africa, as well as flights from European countries such as Germany and the Netherlands.