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SA Airlink to take over some of SAA’s Africa routes


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Although SAA has yet to confirm it will be scrapping any routes, SA Airlink CEO Rodger Foster told Inside Travel that he is looking at taking over some of SAA’s routes in Central and West Africa.

“Central and West Africa is still work in progress. Some routes do not make sense for SAA to continue operating and these will most likely be taken over by Airlink. Once finalised, Airlink will deploy the Embraer E190AR aircraft type to these missions,” he said.

It has been reported that SAA will look at cutting Brazzaville, Kinshasa N’Djili and Pointe Noire (Republic of the Congo), as well as Libreville(Gabon), Blantyre and Lilongwe (Malawi) and Kigali (Rwanda).

Domestically, flights from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo to Durban King Shaka, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and East London could be reduced or even cut. It is expected that Mango will step up to fill the gaps in the local market.

SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali criticised the reports but didn’t deny them. He commented by saying that when the airline would have network changes, he would make announcements.

Dorine Reinstein
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Dorine Reinstein is a seasoned travel writer and editor, who is passionate about retail travel as well as inbound tourism. She has written for award-winning publications. Dorine has completed her Honours Degree in English and Dutch Literature in Belgium as well as her Honours Degree in Drama in France. When moving to South Africa, she obtained her Advanced Journalism Diploma in Johannesburg. She has a knack for languages and can write effortlessly in English, Dutch and French.

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