Lufthansa Group airlines have extended the free booking period for travel up to and including December 31, 2021.

“Passengers who wish to change their travel date can make a one-time rebooking free of charge for the same route and the same class of travel,” the group said in a statement. Previously, if a rebooking was made, the new trip had to start by April 30, 2021.

The rule applies to tickets booked up to and including June 30, 2020 and with a confirmed travel date up to and including April 30, 2021. The rebooking must be made before the originally planned start of travel.

“The Lufthansa Group currently has no indication that the travel ban imposed by the South African government will be eased, to allow for international air traffic to and from South Africa. In order to avoid very short-term changes, which may affect its customers, Lufthansa and SWISS are therefore suspending the initially planned passenger flights between Frankfurt and Johannesburg as well as between Zurich and Johannesburg, for the period June 1 to 14, 2020. All passengers who are affected by this cancellation will be informed accordingly,” the group said.

“The Lufthansa Group remains committed to the South African market, and looks forward to offering our flight services to Johannesburg and Cape Town once the travel ban has been lifted and approval given to the airline.”