SAA deploys bigger planes to meet increased demand

2013-12-11 15:13

SA Airways (SAA) will deploy bigger aircraft to fly to and from Johannesburg, Cape Town and East London.

The number of people wanting to travel on these routes has increased, said SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali today.

“The beginning of the festive season coincided with school holidays and most people tend to travel to go on vacation,” he said.

“We have seen a spike in demand for seats and have consequently decided to deploy more capacity to accommodate as many passengers as possible.”

The airline operates daily flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town, and Johannesburg and East London.

“The frequencies on these routes will remain the same. What has changed is that we have deployed bigger aircraft on specific days thus increasing capacity and enabling us to meet the demand,” said Tlali.

He said special flight arrangements had been made for Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on Sunday.

The government had organised a charter service for its guests.

“[We] would like to clarify that the special air transport arrangements for the funeral service of former president Nelson Mandela are being handled through a separate mechanism,” said Tlali.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.