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TRAVEL ALERT - South Africa - France - New Zealand January 2020

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SOUTH AFRICA

South African Airways (SAA) is in the process of consolidating selected domestic flights between the airline’s main hub, Oliver Tambo International Airport Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as between Johannesburg and Durban’s King Shaka airports. The consolidation on the Cape Town route is necessary as SAA has been operating training flights for pilots on the new state-of-the-art Airbus 350-900 aircraft on this route, before transferring the new planes to international routes. SAA is working closely with its sister airline, Mango, to re-accommodate passengers on alternative services to minimise disruption, and thereby ensure passengers reach their destination as quickly as possible.

On the international network, SAA is cancelling selected services between Johannesburg and Munich. SAA will re-accommodate passengers on its services between Johannesburg and Frankfurt as well as London Heathrow. Some passengers travelling to Munich, and others travelling via Munich to other destinations, will be re-accommodated for some of their journey on partner airlines in the Star Alliance to minimise delays.

These decisions are in line with SAA’s usual policy of reviewing flights and consolidating services with low demand. During the current process of Business Rescue, these cancellations also represent a responsible strategy to conserve cash and optimise the airline’s position ahead of any further capital investment.

FRANCE

Air-Journal.fr reported that USAC-CGT, a union representing French air traffic controllers, has called a strike for Friday, 24 January, amid a dispute about pension reforms.

Passengers are advised to check with their airline for further information regarding the status of their flight.

NEW ZEALAND

Reoccurring fog is significantly disrupting services at Wellington Airport today, 21 January. "Customers with Wellington flights are strongly recommended to consider deferring non-urgent travel, and those who do need to travel should keep an eye on the airline's arrivals and departures page for the latest information," Air New Zealand Senior Manager Customer Care Doug Grant said.