South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled “a few domestic flights,” the state airline’s spokesman Tlali Tlali said on Tuesday, adding that a statement would be issued shortly.
SAA is running short of cash after the government failed to provide R2 billion rand of emergency funding it promised when the airline entered a form of bankruptcy protection last month.
SAA said on Monday that flights were operating normally.
Reportedly 19 international and domestic SAA flights have been cancelled.
Engineering News also revealed that the flights were removed from the Airline Global Distribution Systems.
While SAA has not revealed any news on the cancellation, Flight Centre seemed to have confirmed it.
In a tweet, the company revealed: “South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled a number of their domestic and international flights. We are in the process of contacting our customers to advise and assist. Should you be affected and wish to discuss your options, please contact your Travel Expert.” (sic).
Flight Centre told IOL Travel the company would reveal a statement in the next hour.
SAA on Monday, January 20, assured its customers and stakeholders that flights to all its destinations continue as normal.
“The airline is aware of media reports suggesting that it will cease operations. SAA is always committed to transparently communicate with all stakeholders, including customers, about any material or significant operational changes that may have an impact on flight schedules.
“Where there may be flight schedule amendments, such operational changes will be managed and communicated in accordance with the industry norms and practices,” the statement revealed.
Many travellers faced the same predicament in November when the airline cancelled nearly all its domestic, regional and international flights. SAA Spokesperson Tlali Tlali revealed at the time that only flights operated by South African Airways were affected.
If you have booked with SAA, head over to their website at FlySAAto check the status of your flight.