SAA cancels New York flights

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SAA should be viewed more as a national imperative than just a business, writes Khaya Dlanga.

Johannesburg - Two SA Airways (SAA) flights between Johannesburg and New York have been cancelled because of a blizzard in the United States, the airline said on Friday.

The flights are SA203, from Johannesburg to New York on Friday evening, and SA204 from New York to Johannesburg on Saturday.

Other flights to and from New York would continue as scheduled unless the weather in New York changed on the day of departure.

SAA said SA207 from Johannesburg to Washington on Friday would take-off at 8.30pm instead of 6.15pm, but that other flights to and from Washington would operate on schedule.

SAA said it regretted the inconvenience caused by the cancellations and rescheduling.

“The safety of our passengers and crew is a non-negotiable priority,” it said.

“We will continue to monitor the situation in both New York and Washington and any new developments regarding the storm and related activities will be communicated.”

The Associated Press reported on Friday that a blizzard of “potentially historic proportions” threatened to strike the north east of the United States.

Some schools in the area were closed on Friday, and local airlines cancelled more than 2600 flights.

Blizzard warnings were posted for parts of New Jersey and New York's Long Island, and for portions of the New England region, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The warnings extended into New Hampshire and Maine. - Sapa


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