SAA suspends international, regional and domestic flights

Due to the ongoing business rescue process, which has entered its final stage, South African Airways has issued a notice to agents advising the trade of the extended suspension of its schedule. The entire network will remain suspended for the month of October 2020. The flights have been removed from all booking platforms, therefore, a […]

Recording: South Africa Reopens! So now what? Tourism leaders discuss the next steps

Last week’s announcement that South Africa will be reopening its borders was followed by much celebration, but now comes the question, what next? On 22 September ASATA CEO, Otto de Vries formed part of a group of Tourism Leaders from leading South African tourism associations and organisations, discussing what the next steps are as South […]

Airlink’s re-introduced regional flight schedule to be phased in from 5 October

Following the announcement of the lifting of travel restrictions for over border travel, Airlink has confirmed the re-introduction of its regional flight schedule commencing from 5 October. Commencing 5 October 2020Johannesburg/Harare: The introduction of a daily mid-morning service will provide travelers with seamless connectivity on Airlink between Johannesburg and Cape Town as well as local routes […]

Proflight to launch Johannesburg-Lusaka route as SA borders reopen

Proflight Zambia will launch four-weekly passenger flights to Johannesburg from Lusaka starting, 1 October. The announcement comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the country would reopen its international borders on October 1, 2020, under level 1 of lockdown. The airline will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with the addition of twice-weekly cargo flights departing […]

Level 1 travel regulations – Send us your questions

Following President Ramaphosa’s announcement that South Africa will be moving to Lockdown Level 1 from 20 September and the subsequent re-opening of international borders from 1 October, ASATA has received many queries regarding how the regulations have been amended to accommodate this. Whilst we await full clarification on the Level 1 regulations relating to travel […]

Comair Business Rescue Plan adopted, flights to resume in December

The vast majority of Comair’s creditors and shareholders voted to adopt the business rescue plan on 22 September. In terms of the business rescue plan the preferred investment consortium, comprising a number of former Comair board members and executives, will invest fresh equity of R500 million in return for a 99% shareholding once the suspensive conditions set […]

IATA calls for systematic COVID-19 testing before departure

IATA has called for the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate, scalable and systematic COVID-19 testing for all passengers before departure as an alternative to quarantine measures in order to re-establish global air connectivity. IATA will work through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and with health authorities to implement this solution quickly. […]