Etihad Airways cancels SA flights

Etihad Airways has cancelled all flights between Abu Dhabi and South Africa. The United Arab Emirates carrier has been operating out of South Africa for over a decade.

The airline has closed its office in Johannesburg and will not be operating during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter season for 2020/2021.

The airline has cited a decrease in demand for flights as the reason for halting operations.

A spokesperson from the airline spoke to Travel News and said: ‘Due to the continued impact of COVID-19 on global travel, a number of Etihad routes to and from Abu Dhabi remain suspended throughout the winter 2020/2021 season. Etihad is working closely with impacted guests to notify them of the change to their itineraries and to re-accommodate them on alternative flights.

‘Refunds are permitted for all future bookings with an original trade date on or after October 1, 2020, where any of the flights on the booking have been cancelled by Etihad. The airline is also providing flexible options for existing bookings.’

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Source: Getaway