An SAA plane at OR Tambo in Kepmton Park Gauteng. Photo: Leon Nicholas


Johannesburg - SA Airways (SAA) flights to and from New York and Washington were scheduled to operate amid the snow storm in the United States, the airline said on Saturday.

SAA said ticketed customers travelling to and from New York for the period of February 8 to 11 could rebook for the next available flight.

The airline also offered a full refund, waiving all cancellation and administration fees to people who wished to cancel their bookings.

The SA 203 flight from Johannesburg to New York was scheduled to depart at 8:35pm on Saturday.

The SA 204 from New York was scheduled to leave at 10:40am (New York time) on Sunday.

Flight SA 207 leaving Johannesburg to Washington was scheduled to leave at 6:15pm, while the SA 208 from Washington to Johannesburg was scheduled to leave Washington at 5:40pm (Washington time).

“It should be noted that as a result of yesterday's cancellation of SA 203, Johannesburg to New York; SA 204, New York to Johannesburg which was scheduled to depart New York today at 10:40am (NY time) has also been cancelled,” said the airline.

Customers were advised to make flight changes before February 13 via the airline's call centre.

“If a customer elects to travel on a later date, all such travel must commence on or before February 17,” said the airline.

On Friday, two SAA flights between Johannesburg and New York were cancelled because of the snow storm.

“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,” said SAA.

The Associated Press reported on Saturday that more than 60cm of snow had fallen in parts of central Connecticut, and more than 53 cm covered parts of Randolph in southeastern Massachusetts.

Throughout the Northeast, more than 600 000 homes and businesses lost electricity as wet, heavy snow, freezing rain and howling winds caused havoc. - Sapa