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International air transport body urges global economic group to act to save aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th March 2020 On March 26 the International Air Transport Association (Iata) addressed an appeal, on behalf of the global airline industry, to the leaders of the Group of 20 leading economic powers (G20). The G20 members together accounted for some 85% of the world’s gross domestic product, more than 75% of... 

Carrier suspends operations days after issuing safety assurances

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th March 2020 State-owned regional airline SA Express, which is currently in business rescue, suspended its operations on Wednesday March 18. This was because of “adverse recent developments including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.”  

Covid-19 forces SAA to cut services

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th March 2020 State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA), which was undergoing business rescue, has scaled down its capacity because of the fall in air passenger demand. This is the result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has severely affected the global air transport industry. Under these... 

Iata urges action to keep fragile global air transport sector functioning

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th March 2020 The global airline industry is extremely vulnerable to the economic effects of the Covid-19 virus, a recently released analysis by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has shown. IATA Chief Economist Brian Pearce highlighted that, of all the airlines in the world, only some 30 were... 

Air transport bodies appeal for responsible action amid Covid-19 disruptions

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th March 2020 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reacted to US President Donald Trump’s bans on citizens and residents of European countries from travelling to the US by affirming that the organisation and its members would maintain their support for Governments in their attempts to contain the... 

SAA business rescue plan to be published in May, acting CEO steps down

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2020 The business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for South African Airways (SAA) have been given an extension to May 29 to publish the business rescue plan for the airline. The business plan was previously set to be published on March 31, amid a national lockdown to try to prevent the further spread of... 

Air transport body calls on governments to facilitate air freight to help fight Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the global representative body of the air transport industry, has appealed to governments around the world to facilitate air cargo operations. Air cargo charter flights, which are replacing suspended passenger operations, are still facing... 

Iata forecasts much worse Covid-19 impact on airlines than previously predicted

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th March 2020 The latest analysis of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the revenues of airlines worldwide, undertaken by their global representative body, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has indicated that it will be much worse than previously believed. IATA has now estimated that this... 

Iata forecasts much worse Covid-19 impact on airlines than previously predicted
Photo by IATA
Alexandre de Juniac

SAA to suspend all domestic flights from Friday as SA goes into lockdown

By: African News Agency      25th March 2020 National carrier South African Airways said it would suspend all its domestic flights from Friday until April 16 in compliance with a 21-day government lockdown announced by President   to curb the spread of Covid-19. It said it would provide support to passengers intending to change their travel... 

SAA to suspend all domestic flights from Friday as SA goes into lockdown

Boeing announces work suspension at major plants owing to Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th March 2020 US aerospace giant Boeing announced on March 23 that it was temporarily suspending production at its facilities in the Puget Sound area of the US state of Washington. The suspension would start on March 25 and would run for 14 days. The decision was taken following the proclamation, that same... 

Boeing announces work suspension at major plants owing to Covid-19

Airline body thanks regulators for showing flexibility

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd March 2020 The global airline industry’s representative organisation, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has expressed gratitude to aviation regulators around the world for showing flexibility regarding non-safety-critical regulations, in order to support air transport around the world.... 

Airbus, Boeing take steps to improve liquidity amid Covid-19 spread

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd March 2020 Aviation company Airbus is continuing to assess the ongoing situation and the impact of the coronavirus, which causes the Covid-19 disease, on its business, customers, suppliers and the industry. It has, in the interim, announced measures to bolster its liquidity and balance sheet in response to... 

SAA has also suspended its African regional flights

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd March 2020 On Friday and Saturday, South African Airways (SAA) suspended all its regional flights – that is, flights to other African countries – until May 31. This followed the airline’s suspension of all its international flights earlier on Friday. This decision was taken “to support the Government... 

SAA has also suspended its African regional flights
Photo by SAA
An Airbus A320 of SAA

Public Enterprises, business rescue practitioners battle over SA Express

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has expressed, in a statement, its concern about the direction that the business rescue process for State-owned regional airline SA Express was taking. “[T]he Business Rescue Practitioners [BRPs] are planning to ‘ground’ the airline without first... 

ACSA has started implementing air travel restrictions at its airports 

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2020 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) announced on Friday that it had, in conjunction with the other appropriate authorities, implemented the air travel restrictions decreed by the government, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. These restrictions apply to air travellers from designated high... 

SAA gives reasons for its suspension of all its international flights  

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2020 State-owned South African Airways (SAA) has explained why it has suspended all its international flights until May 31. (The suspension was announced on Friday and took immediate effect.) “In support of efforts by Government to deal with this [Covid-19] pandemic, and in the best interests of our... 

SAA gives reasons for its suspension of all its international flights
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An Airbus A330 widebody airliner of SAA

SAA suspends all international flights until end of May

By: News24Wire      20th March 2020 Troubled state-owned airline South African Airways has announced that it is immediately suspending all international operations until 31 May 2020 in light of a government travel ban aimed at stopping transmission of the novel coronavirus.  In a statement issued by SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali,... 

SAA suspends all international flights until end of May

Moves afoot to 'futureproof' South Africa's drones regulations

By: Donna Slater     20th March 2020 Regulations governing drones, officially referred to as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), have been stagnant since July 2015, when the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) first introduced regulations to formalise the industry.  

Moves afoot to 'futureproof' South Africa's drones regulations

Iata urges African governments to support their airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th March 2020 The global airline industry’s representative body, the International Air Transport Association, has called on African and Middle Eastern Governments to provide emergency support to their airlines. This is part of a global campaign for crisis assistance for airlines as air travel disappears... 

Iata urges African governments to support their airlines

Iata urges decisive government action to shore up fragile global air transport sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th March 2020 The global airline industry is extremely vulnerable to the economic effects of the Covid-19 virus, an analysis released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Wednesday has shown. IATA Chief Economist Brian Pearce highlighted that, of all the airlines in the world, only some 30... 

SAA cuts services in response to Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th March 2020 State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) announced on Wednesday that it had scaled down its capacity because of the fall in air passenger demand. This is the result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has severely affected the global air transport industry. Under these... 

SAA cuts services in response to Covid-19

SAA scraps 162 flights amid Coronavirus crisis

By: News24Wire      18th March 2020 National carrier South African Airways is scaling down its capacity, as coronavirus impacts consumer demand, the airline said in a statement issued on Wednesday. The airline is cancelling as much as 162 flights between 17 March and 31 March 2020. Of these 38 are international and 124 are... 

 SAA scraps 162 flights amid Coronavirus crisis

SA Express to halt all flights for an indeterminate time

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th March 2020 State-owned regional airline SA Express, which is currently in business rescue, announced on Wednesday that it would suspend its operations the following day, Thursday March 18. This was because of “adverse recent developments including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.” The suspension will... 

SA Express to halt all flights for an indeterminate time
Photo by SA Express
A Bombardier CRJ-700 of SA Express

Coronavirus in SA: International restrictions on travel to begin

By: News24Wire      18th March 2020 Travel restrictions are set to be implemented on Wednesday, as the country takes further drastic steps to curb a possible coronavirus outbreak. These will include travel bans to and from high-risk countries like South Korea, Italy, Spain, Germany, the US, UK and China. The government will also... 

Coronavirus in SA: International restrictions on travel to begin
Photo by Reuters
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Global air transport body urges governments to keep air freight flowing

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th March 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has highlighted the importance of air cargo in helping countries fight the Covid-19 pandemic. And it has called on governments to take urgent steps to make sure that air freight will be available to continue to support the worldwide campaign... 

Global air transport body urges governments to keep air freight flowing
Photo by IATA
Alexandre de Juniac

Airbus imposes temporary Covid-19 shutdown at its French and Spanish plants

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th March 2020 Europe-based major global aerospace group Airbus announced on Tuesday that it was temporarily halting work in its facilities in France and Spain. This is the result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The halt, which will see a temporary cessation of production and assembly work at these facilities, will... 

Airbus imposes temporary Covid-19 shutdown at its French and Spanish plants
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An Airbus A350 XWB airliner

Southern African airlines body urges sick people not to fly

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2020 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has urged people who are feeling unwell not to fly or go to airports. The body has highlighted that, while airlines are taking all possible measures to contain the Covid-19 disease, passengers also have to display responsibility. The region’s... 

Iata urges governments to follow World Health guidelines for Covid-19, and help airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reacted to US President Donald Trump’s ban on citizens and residents of the Schengen common visa area of Europe from travelling to the US by affirming that the organisation and its members will maintain their support for governments in their... 

Iata urges governments to follow World Health guidelines for Covid-19, and help airlines
Photo by IATA
Alexandre de Juniac

ACSA appoints new CFO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th March 2020 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has appointed Siphamandla Mthethwa CFO, with effect from May 1. Mthethwa has over 16 years’ experience in leadership positions, including as credit head, finance executive and group CFO. 

SA Express reassures public about its safety and regulatory compliance

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2020 State-owned regional airline SA Express, which is currently under business rescue, has assured that its aircraft meet all safety requirements. It did so in a press release issued on Thursday. That press release also revealed that the airline’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) had submitted a... 

SA Express reassures public about its safety and regulatory compliance
Photo by SA Express
A Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jet airliner of SA Express

Programme to help startup drone companies launched in Gauteng

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2020 The first drone (unmanned air vehicle) start-up accelerator programme in Africa was recently launched in Katlehong, south east of Johannesburg. (Katlehong lies within the City of Ekurhuleni.) The programme is being hosted by the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Rapid Incubator (CfERI) of the... 

Airlines need the help of regulators to address the effects of Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2020 Airlines around the world are experiencing serious falls in demand, as a result of the effects of the rapidly-spreading Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) disease, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported. IATA is the representative body for the global airline industry.  

First data on the impact of Covid-19 on international airlines released

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2020 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the representative body of the world’s airlines, has released its first monthly global passenger demand data for this year, covering January. This provides the first data on the effects of the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak on the... 

SAA gets unlikely help from coronavirus hit

By: Bloomberg     12th March 2020 While international airlines have been blindsided by the impact of the coronavirus on global travel, the outbreak may bring unexpected benefits for South African Airways as it battles to lower costs. A sharp reduction in international flights has deflated the price of leasing jets and made it... 

SAA says adhering to safety protocols on Covid-19

By: African News Agency      12th March 2020 National carrier South African Airways said on Thursday its operational health and safety procedures were in line with the World Health Organisation’s protocols to protect its passengers and crew from contracting Covid-19. On Wednesday WHO declared the coronavirus disease a pandemic as it... 

 SAA says adhering to safety protocols on Covid-19

FlySafair interested in buying SAA’s low-cost arm Mango

By: Bloomberg     11th March 2020 South African carrier FlySafair is interested in buying the low-cost arm of state-owned South African Airways (SAA) – if it’s put up for sale by the embattled national carrier. FlySafair management has approached SAA’s administrators about a possible acquisition of Mango Airlines, CEO Elmar... 

The coronavirus is ending a 16-year plane boom for Boeing, Airbus

By: Bloomberg     11th March 2020 Boeing and Airbus, which until recently couldn’t make planes fast enough to satisfy airlines, are suddenly contending with the opposite risk: churning out jets with no buyers. Demand for new aircraft is drying up as customers wary of the coronavirus shun air travel, ending the longest boom in... 

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