SAA has announced that it will immediately suspend all international operations until May 31.
This is in response to a government travel ban aimed at stopping the transmission of COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic and attendant travel restrictions have resulted in substantial decline in demand for air travel.
SAA operates in three high-risk markets – United States (Washington DC and New York, JFK), the United Kingdom (London, Heathrow) and Germany (Frankfurt and Munich).
In addition, SAA operates flights to Australia (Perth) and Brazil (São Paulo). SAA will offer services only on its regional and domestic routes until May 31.
“It is all our responsibility, not just government, to curb further transmission of the virus,” said Acting CEO of SAA, Zuks Ramasia. “In addition, the increasing risks to our crew of contracting the virus, including the possibility of being trapped in foreign destinations as a consequence of increasing travel bans, cannot be ignored.”