South African Airways (SAA) has gone through a few troubles and has announced it will close its regional and international services out of Johannesburg. Such routes include Abidjan via Accra, Entebbe, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Luanda, Munich, Ndola, and Sao Paulo. This list also includes domestic flights like Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth. This drastic move would be effective on Friday, February 29, 2020.
SAA noted that the move forms part of some restructuring that is expected to bring the once vibrant airline back to profitability. While much of the airline’s services will be cancelled during this period, here are the international services that will continue out of Johannesburg:
- Frankfurt, Germany
- London Heathrow, England
- New York, United States of America
- Washington via Accra, United States of America
- Perth, Australia
While domestic flights will be cancelled, its route from Johannesburg to Cape Town will continue unaffected.
The BRPs also announced that they are exploring the sale of some of the embattled airline’s assets, and confirmed that staff cuts would have to be made.
The closure of the Johannesburg to Abidjan via Accra route means travellers (individuals and businesses) will have to explore other means in reaching their destinations.
Here are the regional destinations you can still visit when you fly South Africa Airways out of Johannesburg:
- Blantyre, Malawi
- Lilongwe, Malawi
- Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Harare, Zimbabwe
- Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Lagos, Nigeria
- Lusaka, Zambia
- Maputo, Mozambique
- Port Louis, Mauritius
- Nairobi, Kenya
- Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
- Windhoek, Namibia