SAA: Multiple flights cancelled on Tuesday

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It has been confirmed that at least 19 South African Airways (SAA) flights have been cancelled on Tuesday, with the ailing business brought to its knees by various operational challenges.

SAA latest – flights cancelled on Tuesday 21 January

SAA is awaiting the finalisation of a business rescue plan. However, it’s currently looking like a mission to raise the Titanic: They are struggling to come up with the money to keep their planes in the air, and this latest saga is the result of widespread uncertainty across the entire SOE.

Related: SAA in limbo as it awaits R2bn bailout

Financial problems mount up

Flight Centre confirmed earlier that there would be disruptions “to a number of international flights”. We’re also expecting a statement to be released by SAA at some point on Tuesday, further clarifying the matter.

SAA requires R2 billion to stay in business, but the SA Treasury is yet to fork-out the funds. It’s believed there is conflict at the top of the pyramid, with some officials reluctant to keep investing in a failed project. However, thousands of South Africans face the prospect of having their travel plans destroyed.

What happens if you’ve booked an SAA flight and it’s cancelled?

The airline is still obliged to move passengers to alternative airlines if the worst happens and they go bust. Alternatively, passengers on the cancelled flights can apply for a refund. That does come with a cancellation fee (around the R300 mark), depending on where you are departing from. FCM Travel Solutions have also warned their customers that SAA flights have been wiped from the schedule.

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