SAA cancels dozens of local and international flights in cost-cutting drive

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Embattled state airline SAA has cancelled dozen of local and international flights for February as it seeks to cut costs and conserve cash. 

The announcement comes two days after the flag carrier's business rescue practitioners confirmed that the Development Bank of Southern Africa had committed R3.5bn in funding to keep the airline operational. 

  • Find a list of the cancelled flights here

"Flight demand has been scrutinised to ensure SAA is running efficient flights," the flag carrier said in a statement on Thursday. "To this end, SAA will therefore cancel and consolidate selected scheduled flights where there is low demand based on current forward bookings for the month of February." 

The cancellations include numerous local and international flights for February, including flights departing and landing in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, East London, Windhoek, Nairobi and more.  

“We are committed to accommodating all affected customers on alternative flights, operated by the airline and its Star Alliance partners. Any inconvenience or delays are intended to be minimal,” said Philip Saunders, the airline's chief commercial officer. 

This is the second major announcement by SAA of flight cancellations this month as it seeks to reduce costs. Earlier in the month it announced the cancellation of a number of flights in January.

The airline on Thursday said that travel agents, alliance partners and "relevant stakeholders" have been notified of the operational changes

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