South African Airways, one of Africa’s most prestigious and largest five airlines, has stated that flights will resume on September 23, 2021. The airline has encountered management and financial issues, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The wait has finally come to an end. The stunning and iconic livery of SAA will once again be visible in the sky in just under a month when the airline begins operations,” the airline recently declared, adding that “the carrier has confirmed the first flights would commence on Thursday, September 23, 2021.” Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, August 26, 2021, with Voyager bookings and Travel Credit Voucher redemption beginning on Monday, September 6, 2021.
Interim CEO Thomas Kgokolo stated, “We are thrilled that SAA is resuming service after months of painstaking work, and we look forward to welcoming on board our loyal passengers and flying the South African flag.” We will continue to be a safe carrier and follow COVID-19 protocols.”
In the beginning, SAA will fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Accra, Kinshasa, Harare, Lusaka, and Maputo. As the route network expands in response to market conditions, more destinations will be added.
“There is a genuine feeling of exhilaration among Team SAA as we prepare for takeoff,” Kgokolo added, “with one shared goal — to create and sustain a profitable airline that once again assumes a leadership role among local, continental, and worldwide airlines.”
Kgokolo went on to say that “the aviation industry is currently undergoing testing, and we are mindful of the difficult challenges that lie ahead in the next weeks.” We are grateful to South Africa for its assistance in getting us to where we are today. As we prepare to take off, we regard this as a significant milestone for SAA and the country.”
According to the airline, the chairman of the SAA Board, John Lamola, stated that since the national carrier exited business rescue at the end of April 2021, the Department of Public Enterprises, along with the Board and the Management team, have been preoccupied with planning for the relaunch of a restructured and fit-for-purpose airline that South Africans can be proud of. “The airline is relaunching with a solid business case,” Lamola remarked.