SAA set to take off on 23 September 2021 – here’s what you need to know

SAA has confirmed that it will reinstate commercial flight services from Thursday, 23 September. 

Interim CEO Thomas Kgokolo said: “After months of diligent work, we are delighted that SAA is resuming service, and we look forward to welcoming on board our loyal passengers and flying the South African flag. We continue to be a safe carrier and adhering to COVID-19 protocols.”  

SAA will initially operate flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Accra, Kinshasa, Harare, Lusaka and Maputo.  

More destinations will be added to the route network as it ramps up operations in response to market conditions.  

Kgokolo added: “There is a profound feeling of enthusiasm within Team SAA as we prepare for takeoff, with one common purpose – to rebuild and sustain a profitable airline that once again takes a leadership role among local, continental, and international airlines.”  

According to Kgokolo the aviation sector is currently going through a testing period. SAA is aware of the tough challenges that lie ahead in the coming weeks.  

Chairman of the SAA Board John Lamola added that since the national carrier came out of business rescue at the end of April 2021, the Department of Public Enterprises together with the board and the management team have been planning for the relaunch of a restructured and fit-for-purpose airline that South Africans can be proud of.  

“The airline is restarting with a formidable business case”, said Lamola. 

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, 26 August 2021. Voyager bookings and Travel Credit Voucher redemption will be available from Monday, 6 September 2021.  

For more information, please click and refer to the below links: 
Letter to trade partners – Simon Newton-Smith 
Letter from the ICEO  
SAA Stakeholder Update 
Information on Bookings and Redemptions