SAA says cargo flights will continue despite court defeat

May 11, 2020 by Choice Aviation Services0Air CargoAirlinesBusinessTop Story

South African Airways (SAA) has moved to reassure its customers and stakeholders that it will continue to operate repatriation and cargo flights in May and beyond.

The troubled airline said it would honour all existing commitments to provide air transportation services to its customers and any other requests that it receives.

The move comes after administrators said the airline would be forced to cease operations on May 8 if labour unions won a case — which they subsequently did — that put a stop to layoffs.

“We are responding proactively in those instances where there is a need for essential humanitarian cargo for our country and for the neighbouring states to be uplifted,” said Thandeka Mgoduso, interim SAA executive chairperson.

Since April 3, SAA has transported more than 870 tons of freight, both export and import consignments, which included essential humanitarian cargo.

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