SAA decides to cancel domestic, international flights ahead of strike
In anticipation of a strike by unions, South African Airways (SAA) has decided to cancel all domestic and international flights for Friday and Saturday.
Unions including Numsa and the SA Cabin Crew Association have served the airline with a strike notice.
They’re unhappy with SAA’s restructuring plans which it announced this week in a bid to keep it afloat.
The airline said that more than 900 jobs could be lost in the process.
SAA has, however, clarified that partner airlines, including SA Express, Mango and SA Airlink would not be affected by the cancellations.
SAA said that the strike would hurt the already cash-strapped airline with estimated losses of more than R50 million per day.
SAA has 5,146 employees and earlier this week announced plans to retrench up to a fifth of their workers as it battles massive losses, which have piled up to R28bn.
The unions are protesting the planned retrenchments and unmet wage hike demands, while SAA’s acting CEO Zuks Ramasia has warned that the airline, which is technical insolvent, may not be able to recover from the strike.
Affected passengers are asked to contact the SAA contact centre or their travel agents.
Passengers will be allowed to rebook any other SAA flight until 31st October 2020 at no extra charge and subject to availability in the same booking class.
If the passenger no longer wishes to travel, then the booking can be cancelled and a full refund (including taxes) will be offered to the original form of payment.
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