SAA and CemAir have signed a co-operation agreement.
The deal effectively extends the route network reach of both carriers and offers customers using both airlines on a multi-destination voyage a seamless check-in experience.
SAA’s Interim CEO, Thomas Kgokolo, said the benefit of the agreement for customers was that it would lower costs, with the need to book one ticket instead of two. “Fares will be issued on one itinerary and ticket, guaranteeing connectivity to more than one destination. It also allows passengers to through-check their baggage between the connecting flights of the two carriers.
“Over the past few years, we have watched CemAir grow into a respected aviation brand with a loyal and growing customer base. This interline arrangement enables connection and flexibility for time-sensitive passengers. It also adds more destinations to the route network of both airlines. These additional routes are ones not currently serviced by SAA and include Luanda, Durban, Hoedspruit, George, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Plettenberg Bay, Margate, Sishen and Gqeberha. We are thrilled to be partnering with CemAir.”
Miles van der Molen, CEO of CemAir said: “We are excited to partner with South African Airways, one of the oldest airlines on the continent and a brand known by perhaps every South African… As we continue our expansion during the Covid period, we realise now, more than ever, that partnerships are key to our success, and working with SAA could not have come at a better time. We hope this is just the first step in a commercial partnership that will last many years.”
SAA said its continuing strategy was to grow the carrier responsibly, profitably, and sustainably after it resumed operations at the end of September this year.