South African Airways
  • SAA has received approvals to operate chartered flights between SA and the US, UK and India. 
  • It will fly South African citizens from the US this week.
  • Other flights - including from London - are subject to interest.
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South African Airways will fly South African citizens back from the US this week, and has announced a slate of other potential “repatriation flights”.

The airline has received approvals to operate chartered flights between SA and the US, UK and India. 

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These flights are currently planned:

  • Johannesburg to Delhi. Fare: R15,100 in economy class and R35,100 in business class. You must hold an Indian passport.
  • Johannesburg to Mumbai. Fare: R15,000 in economy class and R35,000 in business class. You must hold an Indian passport.
  • Delhi to Johannesburg. Fare: R15,100 in economy class and R35,100 in business class. You must hold a South African passport.
  • Mumbai to Johannesburg. Fare: R15,000 in economy class and R35,000 in business class. You must hold a South African passport.
  • Johannesburg to London. Fare: R30,000 in economy class and R55,000 in business class. You must be eligible to enter the UK.
  • London to Johannesburg. Fare: R15,250 in economy and R35,250 in business class. You must hold a South African passport.
  • London to Cape Town. Fare: R17,250 in economy class and R40,250 in business class. You must hold a South African passport.
  • Washington to Johannesburg. Fare: R15,150 in economy class and R35,000 in business class. You must hold a South African passport.

SAA warned that an expression of “level of interest” is needed to determine the viability of these flights. Prospective travellers need to register online before 18:00 on Monday 18.

SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali confirmed that the Washington route was the only flight that has been confirmed. It will depart this week.

All passengers  will be quarantined for 14 days in Johannesburg at a facility determined by the department of health. 

Despite the much higher price, SAA says the business class tickets do not include business class meals, business class baggage allowance, business class amenities and service. All passengers must bring their own masks.

Passengers who already have SAA tickets for the same route will be able to use their tickets as partial credit for this flight. 

Earlier this month, SAA said it will respond to several requests for repatriation flights to operate to North, West and East Africa, the UK, the Middle East, South and North America, and the Far East during the course of this month.

Since the start of lockdown, SAA has repatriated more than 9,100 passengers to six continents and more than 870 tons of freight.

Despite the state having to pay R30 billion in bailouts to SAA over the past decade, Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan said that liquidation "is not an option". The airline was put in business rescue in December.

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