South African Airways (SAA) on Wednesday announced it was cancelling 162 flights across boards due to the impact of COVID-19.
The flights have been cancelled from March 17 until the end of the month.
The airline said cancellations came as a result of low demands and 38 of the flights cancelled are international, while 124 are regional flights.
The outbreak has forced many major airlines to reduce their flights or to cancel them, SAA said it was not “immune” to the changes.
“In the light of the substantial fall in demand for air travel, SAA has reviewed its flight schedule and has decided to operate flights only under circumstances where its load factors and other business considerations weigh in favour of scheduling flights.”
“Notwithstanding the decline in demand, SAA continues to aggressively review its schedule to match capacity with demand to the extent possible. Where feasible, we will consider options that include cancelling and merging flights,” SAA Chief Commercial Officer Philip Saunders said.
Saunders said that they would do everything in their power to help customers to arrived at their destinations.
“Our priority is to assist those travellers wishing to repatriate to their home countries to do so as quickly and efficiently as possible. Naturally, this includes South African citizens abroad wishing to return home,” Saunders added. Enditem