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.

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