South African Airways suspends all international flights as COVID-19 wrecks havoc

South African airways
South African airways

Embattled South African Airways (SAA) on Friday said that it was suspending all its international and regional flights up until the end of May in light of a government travel ban aimed at stopping transmission of the novel coronavirus.

“In support of efforts by government in dealing with this pandemic, and in the best interests of our crew, passengers and the public, we have decided to suspend all international and regional flights until 31 May 2020,” said SAA’s CEO Zuks Ramasia.

“It is a responsibility of all of us and not just government to curb further transmission of the virus. Especially because we operate in the high-risk regions,” she said.

SAA operates in three markets that cover countries listed in the travel ban as high-risk areas – the US, the UK and Germany – as well as additional flights to countries that have not been declared high risk, such as Australia and Brazil.

She also said that regional flights to West Africa, Southern Africa and Central Africa would also be suspended.

“Notwithstanding the suspension of services in the international and regional markets, we are pleased to indicate that our domestic services are not impacted,” she said.

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