Nov 24, 2017 Last Updated 7:59 AM, Nov 24, 2017
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Local air travellers continue to enjoy South African Airways flights, a month after reports that the airline was planning to abandon the Malawi route.

South African media reported that the Airline intends on cutting the number of flights on selected routes within their country, and in the Central African region.

Malawi was among the listed countries where the flights were to be cut as part of a restructuring process.

The move is expected to allow SAA to scale back their fleet from 50 aircrafts to only 40, of which they own only nine.

However, three weeks into October SAA Airliners are still plying the Malawi,  Blantyre and Lilongwe routes beyond 1st October which was mentioned as the cut off point.

And their online booking sites and flight schedules are also indicating continued operations throughout the month until December.

SAA is currently in debt which is threatening a possible liquidation if the South African Government fails to bail it out.

The Local South African Airways (SAA) office still claims it is unaware of reports that their mother company is cutting its Malawi routes.

About two weeks ago South African media reported that SAA intends to cut the number of flights and routes in some parts of Africa and within South Africa.

The move is expected to allow SAA to scale back their fleet from 50 aircrafts to only 40, of which they own only nine.

The development has raised fears amongst the travelling public that frequent the SA-Malawi route, especially the business community.

The South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba is meanwhile expected to make an announcement on an equity injection during the next parliament’s medium term budget policy statement session next month.

Capital FM has been trying to get an update on the issue, but the country director for SAA in Malawi James Chikaonda insists there have not been any new developments that they are aware of on the matter.

SAA is the flag carrier of South Africa. Its headquarters are in Airways Park on the grounds of OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.

SAA Dumps Malawi

South African Airways (SAA) is dumping its Malawi route in a bid to stay financially viable.

South African media quotes sources familiar with the plan that the airline will also reduce flights on its profitable Johannesburg-Cape Town route by more than a third.

Speaking to Capital FM, Director of South African Airways in Malawi James Chikaonda reveals that the local office has not been informed of the Airline’s decision to dump the Malawi route.

Representatives of the local Department of Civil Aviation have also not been consulted on the matter as

Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe described the announcement as a ‘blessing in disguise’.

According to the Minister, the move may create business opportunities for other players in the aviation industry, including Malawian airlines.

South African media reports that the airline also plans to reduce flights on its profitable Johannesburg-Cape Town route by more than a third.

It also plans to get rid of at least 10 of the more than 50 planes in its fleet.

The South African flag carrier has been struggling financially and is facing possible liquidation.

SAA currently has huge debts, amounting to over K6.7 Billion, which the SA Government has been struggling to repay.

The African destinations that will get the chop are Blantyre and Lilongwe in Malawi, Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo, Kigali in Rwanda and Libreville in Gabon.

The development  means that Malawi will now only have Kenyan and Ethiopian airways as the only International Airlines flying into the country.

SAA is the flag carrier of South Africa. Its headquarters are in Airways Park on the grounds of OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.

A man in Malawi is set to appear in court to answer two counts of attempt to externalise foreign currency and illegal possession of foreign currency contrary to the exchange Control Act of the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM).

A man in Malawi is set to appear in court to answer two counts of attempt to externalise foreign currency and illegal possession of foreign currency contrary to the exchange Control Act of the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM).

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