Tuesday, September 29, 2020

SAA says flights filling up ahead of World Cup

As countries qualify for the FIFA World Cup, so fans book their seats to attend the greatest show on earth.

South Africa’s national carrier, SAA, reports that it has, to date, made only a small percentage of its seats available for domestic, regional and international travel. Certain routes have been sold out on certain days of the World Cup, but there are still seats on offer.

“The remaining seats will be made available once the draw to announce the game venues takes place on 4 December,” said Vimla Maistry, acting head of Group Corporate Affairs, SAA. “We will then be able to identify demand and optimise our flight schedules to offer clients the best travel options.”

SAA, which flies between Johannesburg and Gaborone some 13 times a week, is confident that its current flight schedules are extensive enough to accommodate expected demand. “We are also in discussion with our Star Alliance partners to assist with added capacity in international markets we do not serve and also those international markets where we are present but will need increased capacity,” Maistry added.

SAA operates an Airbus A319 on the Johannesburg ÔÇô Gaborone route and is the only carrier currently offering a business-class service in that market.

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