South African Airways affected by strike

Last Friday, South African Airways workers embarked on an indefinite strike for higher wages and against the national carrier's overhaul plan, forcing the cash-strapped airline to ground hundreds of flights. The stoppage has forced South Africa's largest carrier to cancel more than 300 domestic and regional flights between Friday and Monday.

The company has asked travellers who had flights booked not to turn up at airports and offered them a chance to rebook for free or to fly on other flights operated by partner airlines. It however said it was making plans to resume international flights by Sunday night.

"The airline is pleased to announce that it is aiming to operate all international flights with effect from Sunday 17 November 2019 and customers should report to the airport as normal," it said in a statement.

More than 3,000 workers, including cabin crew, check-in, ticket sales, technical and ground staff are taking part, according to unions.

Zazi Nsibanyoni-Mugambi, president of the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA), however said a new round of mediated talks with the airline was expected on Saturday. "We have always and will always be willing to negotiate and talk to management, we have told them this time and time again," Nsibanyoni-Mugambi stated.


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