A week ago, South Africa celebrated the arrival of its first international flight in six months. Which airlines are now flying back to the African nation? And which others have stalled due to recent developments? South Africa is welcoming back its first international flights. Photo: Getty Images Which airlines are returning to South Africa?
As part of measures to protect the nation, South Africa closed its borders to international flights for six months. While the government allowed in some international traffic for nationals, rules have been tight on allowing in regular scheduled international traffic. That was until a week ago.
The first flight to arrive was from Dubai on an Emirates flight. The ground crew celebrated the plane’s arrival with water cannons and a dancing drum band as the first arrivals entered the country. An Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa followed soon after.
Since then, a multitude of other airlines has arrived, such as Lufthansa , Kenya Airways, Proflight Zambia, and Air Zimbabwe.
Other airlines have already scheduled or are flying services to the country. They include: British Airways to both Johannesburg and Cape Town .
Air France and KLM from October 1st.
Qatar Airways returned from October 6th.
Air Mauritius and Turkish Airlines are also set to resume flights.
Qatar has resumed operations in South Africa. Photo: Qatar Airways “We are very happy with the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that scheduled flights can resume shortly. Now that the borders are open again, we are very excited to resume commercial operations to and from Johannesburg and Cape Town,” said Air France-KLM to the South African .
Passengers arriving on these flights need to have a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) certificate not older than 72 hours to move freely in South Africa upon arrival, according to the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). This includes flight crew. Emirates has restored the Durban flight
At the start of the week, the South African government said that everyone entering the country, including flight crews, requires a special test. This confusion caused Emirates to cancel a flight at the gate on October 4th for Durban, South Africa. The airline did not want its cabin crews undergoing quarantine on arrival (thus being trapped in the country).The Department of Transport (DoT) moved to clarify confusion over the health requirement for flight crews in a statement reported by CH-Aviation. “Aircrew who are not in possession of a […]