SAA Suspends Flights to Buenos Aires

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) on Monday announced a temporary suspension of service to Buenos Aires with effect from 30 June 2001, due to commercial reasons.
The airline has been operating two weekly direct flights between Johannesburg and Buenos Aires since July 1999.
Despite the positive turnaround of the route in the last six months, it has not been enough to establish profitability and the airline had to suspend the service, SAA management said.
The airline, however, said it continued to have confidence in the Argentinean market and that it would retain its sales office in Argentina as well as agreements with its general sales agents.
"To emphasise our ongoing commitment to the South American market, South African Airways is increasing its services to Sao Paulo, Brazil, from the current two to three flights per week, commencing on 3 July 2001 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
"All passengers ticketed on the Johannesburg - Buenos Aires flights will be accommodated on these and other services," said Victor Nosi, SAA's Executive Vice President.
Through its codeshare partner, Varig Airlines, which operates seven direct daily flights between Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires, SAA passengers are still able to connect to Buenos Aires three times per week.
"We will resume service as soon as it becomes feasible and in the interim, we are actively pursuing various alternatives to better serve this market," Nkosi added.

14 may 2001 16:53:00

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