SAA says cargo flights will continue despite court defeat

South African Airways (SAA) has moved to reassure its customers and stakeholders that it will continue to operate repatriation and cargo flights in May and beyond.

The troubled airline said it would honour all existing commitments to provide air transportation services to its customers and any other requests that it receives.

The move comes after administrators said the airline would be forced to cease operations on May 8 if labour unions won a case — which they subsequently did — that put a stop to layoffs.

“We are responding proactively in those instances where there is a need for essential humanitarian cargo for our country and for the neighbouring states to be uplifted,” said Thandeka Mgoduso, interim SAA executive chairperson.

Since April 3, SAA has transported more than 870 tons of freight, both export and import consignments, which included essential humanitarian cargo.

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]