SAA rethink on Durban, Cape flights

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Durban - SAA is considering reintroducing its direct flights between Durban and Cape Town.

The announcement comes three years and three months after the national carrier dropped the route between the two cities, a move that caused an outcry from passengers at the time.

A code-share agreement with low-cost subsidiary Mango had enabled SAA customers to fly on Mango aircraft.

The service had proved unprofitable, the airline’s spokesperson Tlali Tlali said.

SAA chairwoman Dudu Myeni said last week that the airline would most likely open up flights between Durban and Cape Town.

“We made a mistake by just closing the route altogether. We probably should have… looked at the frequencies… Maybe Monday, Thursday and Friday, instead of seven days a week,” she said.

Confirming that the decision was “under consideration”, Tlali said that it followed feedback from SAA passengers.

While no date had been set for the reintroduction of the route, it was something that would not take the airline long to put in place.

“It could happen this year,” Tlali said. - Daily News

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