Air travel routes
  • A total of 16 foreign airlines are expected to operate flights into and out of South Africa in October, Acsa said on Friday.
  • Those flights will be pretty empty initially.
  • South Africans are officially being discouraged from travel abroad for fun – but doing so is possible.
  • Here is the list of foreign airlines you should be able to fly out of South Africa in October.
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A total of 16 foreign airlines are expected to operate scheduled flights into and out of South Africa, the Airports Company of SA (Acsa) said on Friday.

Initially those flights are expected to operate at low load factors, with planes less than 70% full, Acsa said, but that is expected to change into November.

Although South Africa has an extensive – and controversialred list of countries from which leisure travellers are not welcome, that does not apply to outbound tourists. South Africans are not encouraged to travel for fun, said transport minister Fikile Mbalula – but are not banned from doing so.

"Don't be bothered by visits to other countries, just stay put. But you are allowed to go to those countries, but it's not advisable to go and have fun in other countries now," Mbalula told a press conference on Friday morning. "We will discourage people from travelling for tourism."

South Africans are also still guaranteed the right to return home, regardless of the coronavirus status of the countries they visit – as long as they can find flights.

Airlines have warned that scheduled flights may be cancelled, but have suggested that (more expensive and far less regular) repatriation flights to SA will continue, regardless of changes in either SA or the originating country.

These are the airlines the Airports Company of SA expects to fly into and out of Johannesburg , Cape Town, and Durban this month.

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  • Air France
  • British Airways
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian
  • Fastjet
  • KLM
  • Kenya Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • Swiss International
  • EgyptAir
  • Proflight Zambia
  • Qatar Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • RwandAir

Cape Town International

  • British Airways
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian
  • KLM
  • Qatar
  • Turkish Airlines

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  • Qatar
  • Emirates

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