South African Airways will continue to offer repatriation and cargo flights in May and beyond, despite plans to halt operations last weekend.
when it was believed doomed to disappear with the cessation of all activities on May 8, 2020, and government announcement of a plan to revive a new national company, a court stopped everything: seized by unions, the court the layoff plan announced in April, which called for the departure of all employees to avoid bankruptcy, was made illegal. South African Airways, nailed to the ground since March 27 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said in a press release that it will, therefore, continue its repatriation and cargo flights « at least throughout May « , And » will honor all existing commitments to provide air transportation services to its customers and any other requests it receives. » SAA says it works with governments, local and foreign, and has received « several » requests for repatriation across Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, the Far East, and the United Kingdom. « As long as such requests are received, SAA will endeavor to fulfill them, » she said.
NUMSA unions for mechanics and SACCA for cabin crew declared victory over « unfair » dismissals, Federation of South African unions said in a statement that « it has always been irrational and illogical » that administrators rush dismissals « without first producing a rescue plan ». The directors of the Star Alliance company should appeal the court ruling, saying that layoffs (and the inherent savings) are the only way to avoid bankruptcy; their restructuring plan must be announced at the end of the month.
SA2289 Jakarta – Johannesburg with more than 130 passengers and SA2285 Bangkok – Johannesburg with more than 230 passengers landed last night 8 May 2020 at OR Tambo International. SAA is proud to be of service during this repatriation mission. #bringingyouhome #Covid19 #FlySAA pic.twitter.com/McMG3zbfAC
— SAA – South Africa (@flysaa) May 9, 2020
After a new wave of the restructuring announced last February by a South African Airways already in bad shape, which involved dark cuts in the network from its base at Johannesburg-OR Tambo airport, the Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan had refused to help him financially. In red since 2011, the South African company has been on a drip for years and subjected to endless political intervention.