“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 national carrier said in a statement this week.
South African Airways is set to resume flights from September 23, after remaining grounded for more than 15 months.
“After months of diligent work, we are delighted that SAA is resuming service and we look forward to welcoming on board our loyal passengers and flying the South African flag. We continue to be a safe carrier and adhering to COVID-19 protocols,” Interim CEO Thomas Kgokolo states.
The airline will initially operate flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town in South Africa, Accra in Ghana, Kinshasa in D.R. Congo, Harare in Zimbabwe, Lusaka in Zambia and Maputo in Mozambique. Kgokolo said SAA will add more routes when the airline “ramps up operations in response to market conditions.”
“There is a profound feeling of enthusiasm within Team SAA as we 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.”
I wish the SAA Team good luck and hope to see South African Aviation thrive once again.