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South Africa Airways cancels flights due to industrial action

South African Airways (SAA) has announced that it will cancel nearly all its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday, 15 November and Saturday, 16 November 2019.

The South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) called for an industrial action set to begin on Friday due to a dispute with the airline on wages.

“The airline’s key objective is to minimise the impact of disruptions for its customers,” read part of the statement sent out by the airline.

“We are putting our customers first and regret the inevitable inconvenience that these cancellations may cause our customers. However, by acting proactively SAA can certainly help customers find alternatives,” said Tlali Tlali, SAA Spokesperson.

“Unless alternative arrangements are in place, customers are requested not to go to their departure airports during the disruption as SAA will be unable to provide any assistance. Information on the status of our flights will be regularly updated on our website,” said Tlali.

Only flights operated by South African Airways will be affected. All flights operated on partner airlines, including SA Express, Mango, SA Airlink and all codeshare partners, including flights operated by our Star Alliance partner airlines will not be affected. These flights can be identified by their flight numbers and will operate as normal: SA 1000 – 1999, SA 2000 – 2999, SA 7000 – 7999 and SA 8000 to 8999.

SAA will operate flights from selected outstations on Friday 15 November 2019 back to SAA’s base, OR Tambo International Airport.  

Regional flights, which will operate on Friday morning, will return from Maputo (SA147), Lusaka (SA067), Harare (SA025), Windhoek (SA073), and Accra (SA210).

International flights, which will operate on Friday evening, will return from Frankfurt (SA261), New York (SA204), Munich (SA265), Hong Kong (SA287), Perth (SA281), Washington (SA210) and London (SA235).

The airline said it will assess the situation on an ongoing basis and Customers will be kept informed of all operational developments on a daily basis.

NUMSA and SACCA are demanding an 8% increase but the airline had made an offer of 5.9% increase but subject to the availability of funds from lenders.

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