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SAA flies again

Article by: Dumisane Dube

The embattled South African Airways (SAA) says it expects to take to the skies again in just under a month as it resumes operations.

The national carrier was first grounded over a year ago amid the deadly Covid-19 pandemic that saw countries across the globe shut their doors in fear of rapid transmission.

SAA officially entered business rescue, as a last resort to avoid outright liquidation, in December 2019.

The business rescue process was owning to the airline’s failure to turn a profit for several years, depending mostly on state bailouts. 

But the airline’s fortunes improved earlier this year when a strategic equity partner came to the table. Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that Takatso Consortium will own the biggest share of the airline at 51%, while the government will have a 49% stake.

In a statement SAA confirmed that their first flights will commence on 23 September.

“The wait is finally over. In just under a month, the striking and familiar livery of SAA will once again be visible in the skies as the airline resumes operations. The carrier has confirmed the first flights will commence on Thursday, 23 of September 2021. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, 26 August 2021. Voyager bookings and Travel Credit Voucher redemption will be available from Monday, 6 September 2021.”

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