SAA stops Cape Town - Durban flights
SAA has announced that from 1 November2010 it will be stopping all flights on the Cape town to Durban route, with its customers being diverted to its low cost subsidiary, Mango Airlines, on a code-share agreement. Passengers will still be able to receive complimentary in-flight meals and earn Voyager miles and when booking the route on an SAA flight code. Obviously this means no more SAA business class flights between Cape Town & Durban, and opens the door for British Airways (who are now the only carrier offering business class flights on the route).
The Durban-Cape Town flight route is dominated by price-sensitive tourist traffic, and Mango is better placed to compete with other low-cost carriers: “The opportunity to code share with SAA’s low cost subsidiary Mango will ensure a continued presence of SAA and Mango on the coastal route. SAA’s value proposition on this route remains intact with the only variation being the use of Mango’s aircraft,” said SAA’s CEO Ms Siza Mzimela.
We think it's a brilliant move, as it shows that SAA is firmly focussed on its bottom line, and hopefully this will mean no more government bailouts.
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