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What are the relevant details regarding international and domestic passenger flight routes of the SAA and SA Express in terms of flight reductions and terminations during the 2011-12 financial year

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What are the relevant details regarding international and domestic passenger flight routes of the SAA and SA Express in terms of flight reductions and terminations during the 2011-12 financial year
03/08/2012

Question for written reply

Question no.: 372

Date of publication: 03 August 2012

372.    Mr W F Faber (DA-NC) to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises:
(1) What are the relevant details regarding (a) international and (b) domestic passenger flight routes of the (i) SA Airways and (ii) SA Express in terms of flight (aa) reductions and (bb) terminations during the 2011-12 financial year;
(2)(a) what are the reasons for each flight (i) reduction and (ii) termination in each case and (b) what are the new (i) passenger and (ii) freight flight routes that are replacing the reduced or terminated flights?    CW477E
Reply:

According to South African Airways (SAA):

Flights 

(1)(a)(i)(aa-bb) SAA reduced the following international passenger flights from Johannesburg: Sao Paulo from 22 weekly flights to 20 flights. Flights were reduced in order to introduce new flights. There are 6 additional/new weekly flights from Johannesburg to Beijing that replaced the reduced flights to Sao Paulo. The Johannesburg – Gaborone international passenger flight was terminated because the market was too small for SAA.  

(1)(b)(i)(aa-bb) SAA did not reduce or terminate domestic passenger flights during the 2011-12 financial year. 

(2)(a)(i-ii) Reasons have been given above in (1)(a). 
 
(2)(b)(i) The following additional/new flights replaced the terminated international flights:
  • Launched Johannesburg – Ndola 6 weekly flights
  • Launched Johannesburg – Kigali-Bujumbura 6 weekly flights
  • Launched Johannesburg – Pointe-Noire (Congo) 4 weekly flights
Cargo Flights:

(2)(b)(ii) There have been no reductions or terminations on SAAs Cargo International & Domestic Services. SAA has, however, increased its cargo services on some of its regional routes (International) by adding one additional flight per week to Dar Es Salaam, Entebbe, Maputo, Harare and Luanda.

According to South African Express (SAX):
Flights

(1)(a)(ii)(b)(aa-bb)  International passenger flights - SAX did not reduce or terminate international passenger flights during the 2011-12 financial year. 
(1)(b)(ii)(aa-bb) Domestic passenger flight – During the 2011/12 financial year, SA Express cancelled some of its operations from Johannesburg – Nelspruit. This was as a result of the losses incurred. SA Express operated 2 flights per day on a Saturday and Sunday. 
(2)(a)(i-ii) Reasons have been given above in (1)(b). 
(2)(b)(i) SA Express added two new routes from Cape Town – Hoedspruit, Cape Town – Kimberley with 6 flights per week.
(2)(b)(ii) SAX is not in cargo business.
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