MyBroadband: Don’t expect air travel to take off straight after lockdown

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Source: MyBroadband

As South Africa’s economy slowly comes back online and lockdown restrictions are relaxed, domestic air travel is set to resume in the coming months.

While there is no confirmed date for the reopening of air travel, South Africans should not expect to board a flight immediately after restrictions are lifted.

MyBroadband spoke to a number of travel agencies – including Flight Centre and The Boyz – as well as airline associations about the potential reopening of air travel.

They all said the length of time before flights would return to operation would vary according to the airline and the requirements outlined by the regulations.

Additionally, South African Airways is on the brink of liquidation and Comair has entered voluntary business rescue – with the airline telling MyBroadband it expects to return to service around November 2020.

“Comair’s fleet is maintained in preparation for resuming operations when circumstances permit,” the airline said. “Precise timings would depend on a number of factors, including Government restrictions to contain COVID-19.”

MyBroadband spoke to the Airlines Association of South Africa (AASA), the Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA), and the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) about the industry’s readiness for reopening and whether this would occur under level 3 lockdown.

To read the full article, with ASATA’s comments, please click here.

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