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SAA suspends flights to Hong Kong to curb financial losses

SAA said it would suspend all flights between Johannesburg and Hong Kong from 23 November up to and including 14 December.

Picture: Winnie Theletsane/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Strike-hit South African Airways (SAA) said on Thursday it would suspend all flights between Johannesburg and Hong Kong from 23 November up to and including 14 December to curb significant financial losses on the route.

SAA, which is running out of cash because of the week-long strike over wages and job cuts, said the losses had been exacerbated by political tensions in Hong Kong.

SAA is losing around R50 million a day due to the strike by Numsa and SA Cabin Crew Association members, which is now on day seven.

The airline's Tlali Tlali said: “Hong Kong is one the routes in the context of our international routes map that is making losses. We’re looking into the situation and the cancellation is meant to minimize our exposure in terms of the losses that we’re making.”