SAA cancels CT-London flights

South African Airways (SAA) is stopping direct flights between Cape Town and London from August.

South African Airways. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - South African Airways (SAA) is stopping direct flights between Cape Town and London from August.

The national carrier said it wants to avoid loses amid shrinking demand.

Although the route has been operational for 20 years, SAA said it makes more sense to operate via Johannesburg from a business perspective.

The news comes just a week after SAA bigwigs presented a turnaround strategy in Parliament.

They are still waiting for government to get back to them on their request for R6 billion to recapitalize their fleet.

Cape Town International Airport General Manager Deon Cloete said they are disappointed.

"It is certainly disappointing, but one has to respect the fact that SAA made the decision based on business principles."

Meanwhile, Cape Town Tourism said the move will impact visitor numbers in the future.

Chief Executive Officer Mariette du Toit-Helmbold said, "We will obviously have to look at what the impact will be to our destination in the long run."