South African Airways (SAA) says it remains committed to providing travel options to and from Argentina.
Although the national carrier is to discontinue its own operated flights to Buenos Aires on 28 March 2014, SAA customers will still be able to travel between both countries through numerous flights operated by SAA partners in South America.
“Before discontinuing any route, SAA takes into account a number of factors that include, but are not limited to, the possible consequences of stopping flights, with due consideration given to how a particular market can still be served,” said SAA CEO Monwabisi Kalawe.
Declining passenger volumes and the current economic conditions, like the depreciation of the rand against the US dollar over the last 12 months, as well as high fuel costs had played a role in the carrier’s decision to rationalise SAA’s long haul network.
SAA customers will still be able to conveniently connect to and from various destinations in Argentina via São Paulo or Brazil, where SAA currently operates 11 weekly flights.
SAA has implemented agreements with fellow Star Alliance partners and other major airlines operating between São Paulo and Buenos Aires, as well as to and from other key South American destinations in efforts to continue offering proper connectivity in the region.
Customers already holding ticketed reservations on SAA direct services between Johannesburg and Buenos Aires from 29 March, 2014 onwards, will be re-accommodated via SAA’s São Paulo flights in line with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) conditions of carriage.
SAA’s long-term turnaround strategy, named Gaining Altitude, will see SAA leveraging more of its Star Alliance membership to get maximum value.