Cape Town - South African Airways (SAA) announced that from 20 April 2018 it will operate only a single daily flight from Johannesburg to London Heathrow.
This replaces the double daily service currently operating on the route.
While the airline is adjusting frequencies on the route to a single daily service, it will also introduce the new A330-300 on the London route from March 2018.
SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana says the airline "decided to focus on those areas of our business that will enhance our efficiencies, bring more value to our customers and produce improved overall performance of the airline."
"Network optimisation is one such area that can contribute towards containing our costs and we introduced some initiatives that must yield dividends to return the business to commercial sustainability in the shortest time possible."
“We have also decided to upgrade the service operating between Johannesburg and London Heathrow to the new Airbus A330-300 with effect from Sunday, 25 March 2018. This will afford customers a significantly improved on-board Business and Economy product, with state-of-the-art technology, increased comfort and capacity,” he adds.
At the end of August last year SAA issued a statement saying the airline was set to introduce network changes on the domestic and regional segments of its route network.
This included a takeover from Mango of some of the struggling airline's domestic routes, as well as cutting flights on its Port Elizabeth and East London routes and cancelling flights on six of its regional destinations due to "operational reasons," namely Brazzaville via Pointe Noire in the Congo; Douala in Cameroon via Libreville in Gabon; Kinshasa in the DRC; Entebbe in Uganda; Luanda in Angola; Cotonou in Benin via Libreville in Gabon.
However, the airline has not only been cutting or cancelling flight routes as it also increased its flight capacity to Mauritius in January 2018.
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