Comair has announced that it has temporarily suspended all its Kulula and British Airways flights in South Africa. This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced last week that an adjusted level 4 lockdown is now in place, and that the borders of Gauteng are closed for leisure travel.
The airline operator told Business Tech that the decision was taken "in light of the prohibition on leisure travel to and from Gauteng, very little business and leisure travel elsewhere in the country, and no connecting traffic from an international carrier".
Flights on these two airlines will be suspended from Monday 5 July to 29 July, subject to regulations and the infection rate in Gauteng.
With Mango Airlines and SAA not flying currently, and both Kulula and British Airways flights being suspended for three weeks, FlySafair is the only airline in the sky.
While President Ramaphosa didn't indicate when the ban on leisure travel in and out of Gauteng will end, it's highly unlikely that the ban will be lifted on 11 July. During his last address to the country, President Ramaphosa said that 11 July is the date on which the restrictions will be revised.
According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Gauteng accounts for the majority of new cases at 57%, followed by the Western Cape at 11%, and KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo at 7% each.
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