When planning affordable domestic travel in South Africa with SA-Airlines, you might wonder if booking flights on board SAA aircraft is viable, considering the state of the airline’s finances and changing schedules. While we bring low cost domestic flights to you, we also bring the latest news on South African Airways’ proposed turnaround…
SAA Proposed Turnaround Plan
It’s no secret that SAA has been in deep trouble when it comes to finances. The company which has suffered millions of rand in losses and debt has had to go to the drawing board to come up with innovative and sound ways in which to return the company to a stable financial position – and quickly!
For SAA supporters, there’s good news. The airline now has a 5-year turnaround plan in place that will not only improve schedule efficiency, but also bring about financial stability. All eyes are on South African Airways to see just how effectively they implement this plan and how long it will take to see positive results.
Should You Still Book SAA Flights With SA-Airlines?
At SA Airlines we plan to continue featuring the flights that SAA has to offer and is able to honour. The flight schedules and fares advertised are accurate and you can rest assured that any SAA flights booked will be honoured by the airline. How do we know this? It’s the worlds of Tlali Tlali, SAA’s spokesperson that we can rely on.
According to Tlali Tlali, the turnaround plan is being aggressively and urgently implemented. The idea is to see improved efficiency and financial improvements as quickly as possible. The company plans to monitor route performance and make schedule and flight frequency adjustments as needed in order to see the type of desired and expected results.
What Does This Mean For Passengers With Tickets For Canceled Flights?
The airline which has won “Best Airline in Africa” in the regional category for 14 years running and “Service Excellence Africa” for 3 years, is not about to let its loyal passengers down. The company assures those who have already purchased tickets with SAA, on flights that are no longer part of the schedule, that there is no need to fear losing out or being inconvenienced.
SAA is making provisions for all travelers who have purchased tickets to ensure that they will be placed on alternative flights. For many, that’s worth a huge sigh of relief and a sign that SAA is serious about implementing its turnaround plan without compromising the trust of its existing customers.
If you have booked flights with SAA via SA Airlines that have been changed or canceled, the airline will be in contact to make the relevant changes. Alternatively, passengers can contact the airline directly themselves.
The Intended Schedule & Frequency Changes
The intended changes will take effect from the 29th of October 2017 and will see the following new schedule changes in place:
- Port Elizabeth – Flights reduced from 4 to 2 per week.
- East London – Flights reduced from 3 to 2 per week.
- Luanda (Angola): Flights reduced from 7 to 4 per week with smaller aircraft
- Kinshasa (DRC): Flights reduced from 5 to 4 per week.
SAA is currently reviewing and potentially down gauging aircraft types for the following routes:
- Pointe Noir
There’s Hope For SAA’s Future
With SAA taking the steps required to bring about financial and service delivery changes, the general public feeling is a sense of hope for the country’s carrier. In partnership with SA Express, SA Airlink and Mango, the SAA company is able to serve 56 destinations at present. Find, compare and securely pay for affordable SAA flights right here at SA Airlines!