South African Airways suspends intercontinental flights until May 31

Passengers board a South African Airways plane at the Port Elizabeth International Airport in the Eastern Cape province, South Africa. South African Airways (SAA) said on Friday that it would immediately suspend all intercontinental flights until May 31 in response to a government travel ban aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

SAA flies to the United States, Britain, Germany, Australia and Brazil on its intercontinental routes. SAA said earlier this week that it had cancelled 162 international and regional flights until the end of this month due to low demand and restrictions linked to coronavirus.

Kenya Airways on Wednesday suspended its flights on four routes in the wake of coronavirus.

In a statement, the national carrier said it has suspended flights to Bangkok, Djibouti, Mogadishu and Khartoum.

Flights to Bangkok have been suspended until April 30, to Djibouti till April 19, Mogadishu till April 2 and Khartoum till March 30.

The management also said it will reduce flights to Dubai from two to once a day.

Flights to London have been cut from seven to five.

The usual three times flights from JKIA to Johannesburg have been slashed to two.

Earlier, Kenya Airways’s CEO Allan Kilavuka agreed to a 35 per cent pay cut to reduce costs in a bid to optimise operations.

The airline on Wednesday also said the Board of Directors agreed to forego their monthly fees and sitting allowances with effect from April 1.

Daily flights from Nairobi to Kigali have been reduced from two to one.The carrier had announced on March 13 that it suspended flights on the Rome – Geneva route.

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