South Africa Airways chops routes but keeps U.S. service

South African Airways
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South African Airways, which is winding its way through a bankruptcy and restructuring, will make substantial route cuts. 

However, the carrier’s two U.S routes -- Johannesburg-New York and Johannesburg-Washington Dulles via Accra, Ghana -- were spared. 

SAA will continue transoceanic service from Johannesburg to Frankfurt, London Heathrow and Perth, Australia. Flights to Hong Kong, Munich, Sao Paolo and Guangzhou will be terminated. 

The carrier also will cancel numerous routes within Africa as well as the majority of its domestic flights. SAA will continue to fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town at reduced levels, but will discontinue flights to Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth on Feb. 29. Going forward, SAA will rely on its discount subsidiary Mango to replace the canceled domestic routes. 

State-owned SAA entered into bankruptcy, called “business rescue” in South Africa, in early December. 

“We hope this news will provide our customers and travel partners with a higher level of confidence in selecting SAA as their carrier of choice to Africa,” Todd Neuman, the carrier’s executive vice president for North America, wrote in an email.


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