saa thumb medium95 76TimesLIVE reports that South African Airways (SAA) on Friday announced that it would immediately suspend all international operations until the end of May, in response to a government travel ban aimed at stopping the transmission of the coronavirus.  

The Covid-19 pandemic and attendant travel restrictions have resulted in a substantial decline in demand for air travel.  SAA’s decision means the airline will only render services on its regional and domestic routes.  The announcement on Friday followed an announcement on Wednesday that it had cancelled a number of flights as the pandemic grew.  The airline said the suspension of flights followed the gazetting of regulations and the issuing of a Notice to Airmen (Notam), an official government notice prohibiting the embarkation and disembarkation of crew and passengers from SAA’s high-risk destinations.

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