SAA won't fly from CT to London

SAA has focused its attention on more lucrative routes across the African continent.

South African Airways will no longer fly directly between Cape Town and London from August.

CAPE TOWN - The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) on Tuesday said it hopes South African Airways (SAA) reconsiders its business decision to halt direct flights from Cape Town to London later this year.

The airline is focusing on more lucrative routes to the rest of Africa.

From 16 August, Capetonians will have to fly via Johannesburg when they book a London flight with SAA.

ACSA General Manager at Cape Town International Airport Deon Cloete said SAA will review its business plan regularly.

"They obviously have a fleet and they have a responsibility to ensure that they apply that fleet as best they can and on that basis they have to review the routes."

Editor of SA Flyer Magazine Guy Leach said SAA is willing to forfeit the business to British Airways (BA).

"Routes were seen to already be in decline and I think they're simply saying, 'Let's leave it to BA and let's try and optimise our bigger aircraft on the African routes where we can make a lot more money'."

The airline has two daily services between Johannesburg and London. The capacity on these flights will in turn be increased to accommodate passengers from Cape Town.

On average SAA flies between Cape Town and Gauteng's OR Tambo International Airport 44 times a day.