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British Airways will add four more weekly flights to its double-daily London-Johannesburg schedule from 28 October bringing the total frequency to 18 flights per week.
The airline recently advised that it would also commence three weekly flights between London and Durban from 29 October.

Qatar Airways is now flying a double-daily service between Doha and London Heathrow using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 22 business-class seats and 232 seats in economy.
Qatar Airways will operate 95 weekly flights to the UK in the northern hemisphere summer, including six daily departures to London Heathrow, 16 weekly departures to London Gatwick and Manchester, and daily flights to Cardiff and Edinburgh, as well as seven weekly flights to Birmingham.

Following the grounding of SA Express last week, CemAir announced additional flights to its route between Johannesburg and Bloemfontein – the airline now offers five flights per day on this route and has also started a direct service between Cape Town and Hoedspruit.

Meanwhile, SAA, Mango Airlines and Airlink have issued a contingency flight schedule aimed at mitigating the impact of the suspension of SA Express services and to ensure business continuity for SA Express. In addition, SAA has announced that:

  • SAA will rebook, reroute or refund passengers whose travel plans have changed due to suspension of SA Express flights.
  • Passengers on SA-coded tickets and SA codeshare will be accommodated on a priority basis.
  • SAA will, in accordance with its compensation policy, compensate all passengers where applicable.
  • SAA says it will provide regular updates on the situation, using all its official communication channels.

NOTE TO SA EXPRESS TRAVELLERS – Please be in contact with your travel consultant as they will assist with the specific alternate flight information from SAA, Mango and Airlink’s contingency plan mentioned above. This plan covers alternate flight arrangements for SA Express up until 24 June – flight arrangements beyond this date will be advised in due course.

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