06 Feb 2020

Changes to SAA’s Network

The joint Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) of South African Airways (SAA) today announced further initiatives to support the airline’s transformation into a sustainable and profitable business.  These measures include targeted changes to the route network, deployment of more fuel-efficient aircraft, optimisation of organisational structures and renegotiation of key contracts with suppliers.  The BRPs have identified which routes will be retained to drive the restructured national carrier towards profitability. 

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  • International - SAA will continue to operate all international services between Johannesburg and Frankfurt, London Heathrow, New York, Perth and Washington via Accra. 
  • Regional - Services to be retained include from Johannesburg to Blantyre, Dar es Salaam, Harare, Kinshasa, Lagos, Lilongwe, Livingston, Lusaka, Maputo, Mauritius, Nairobi, Victoria Falls and Windhoek.
  • Domestic - On the domestic route network, SAA will continue to serve Cape Town on a reduced basis.

Route closures

On 29th February 2020, SAA will close the following regional and international services from Johannesburg to Abidjan via Accra, Entebbe, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Luanda, Munich, Ndola, and Sao Paulo. All other domestic destinations, including Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, will cease to be operated by SAA on 29th February 2020.


Domestic routes operated by Mango will not be affected by the changes.  


All customers booked on any cancelled international and regional routes will receive a full refund. Customers booked on cancelled domestic flights will be re-accommodated on services operated by Mango.  

SAA does not intend to make any further significant network changes.

Passengers and travel agents can therefore feel confident about booking future travel with South African Airways.  The flight schedule for February remains unchanged.