Published on : Thursday, November 14, 2019
The flights have been cancelled as the South African Cabin Crew Association and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa have announced that both will be taking industrial action from Friday morning. SAA has been repeatedly reaching out to the unions to acknowledge the severity of the current situation facing the airline.
As per SAA, its first priority is its customers and it regrets the inevitable inconveniences these cancellations may cause. The carrier has said that it is going to help customers find alternatives.
SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali has asked customers not to go to their departure airports during the disruption.
He has assured that the airline will be regularly updating the status of flights on the website.
That flight operated on partner airlines are not going to be affected by this, he said. The flights of SA Express, Mango, Sa Airlink and all other codeshare partners are not going to be hampered.
SAA has also decided to operate flights from selected outstations on Friday or back to Tambo International Airport. Regional flights which will be operating on Friday morning will return from Maputo (SA147), Lusaka (SA067), Harare (SA025) and Windhoek (SA073). International flights which will be operating on Friday will return from Frankfurt, New York, Munich, Hong Kong, Perth, Washington and London.
The airline has said that it will be assessing the situation on an ongoing basis and customers will be kept abreast of the development on a daily basis.
Worth mentioning here that the airline has negotiated with the unions and presented them revised offers for employees of a 5.9 per cent increase-subject to the availability of funds.
NUMSA and SACCA have asked for an 8 per cent increase.