Operators selling trips in southern Africa have pledged to stand by South African Airways (SAA) amid the carrier’s ongoing funding crisis, reports TTG.
The airline has struggled to turn a profit in recent years due to issues ranging from its geographical location, older, less fuel-efficient aircraft, and declining regional demand. However, operators with a strong presence in South Africa are continuing to book with the airline.
“We are booking with SAA and carrying on booking as we would normally. We recognise they have had some difficulties but from what I know of that, I see no problem going forward.” Ash Sofat, CEO Somak Holidays, told TTG.
South Africa is also an “important” destination in Premier Holidays’ long-haul portfolio. Debbie Goffin, director of sales and marketing at Premier, said: “SAA has been a great partner to us over the years. In the meantime, we will be managing any customers who are concerned about their bookings.”
Philip Saunders, chief commercial officer for SAA, said: “We’re looking after our customers with our usual passion and commitment at the same time as taking responsible, prudent action to build a viable and strong SAA with a sustainable future. “We’re also working closely with the South African Government to restructure our airline, thereby creating more international tourism, with an airline that will become a beacon of innovation and efficiency.”
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