South African Airways (SAA) is encouraged by ticket sales for the holidays especially for seasonal favourite destinations such as Cape Town and Mauritius. These flights started to book as soon as they opened for sale and clearly people are really looking forward to connecting with family, friends and beaches!

Despite increasing vaccination numbers, countries and territories continue to experience sudden  outbreaks and COVID-19 remains an ongoing global health risk.

Says Simon Newton-Smith, Chief Commercial Officer at SAA, “Certainly, we have to be prepared for any eventuality relative to COVID-19, we are mindful that change has become the new normal and we strive to be as agile as possible to meet our customer needs. On this basis, SAA is prepared but not anticipating lockdown disruption over the holidays.”

Governments around the world is making every effort to rollout vaccinations, which continues to improve confidence in the safety of air travel. SAA is mindful that these are unprecedented times so the airline has “built in more flexibility” into its tickets, adds Newton-Smith. As a result, there is an introduction of one free date change extended to all our passengers. The offer is subject to the same booking class being available.

SAA encourages all passengers to take special care when travelling. You can minimise your risk of becoming unwell by making sure that your travel vaccinations (including against COVID19) are up to date. Follow local health advice and continue to take simple hygiene and infectious disease control steps.

SAA have introduced a new product called MyExtra Seat – which allows passengers travelling in economy class to book the seat/s near them to ensure privacy and distance between passengers.

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