SAA flights to Hong Kong remain grounded

SAA flights to Hong Kong remain grounded

South African Airways (SAA) has confirmed that flights between Hong Kong and Johannesburg will remain grounded until further notice.

This image shows the passenger area of the Miami International airport Terminal G on January 11, 2018 one day before it closes. PHOTO: Gianrigo MARLETTA / AFP

Hong Kong airport re-opened on Tuesday after a rally by thousands of pro-democracy protesters triggered an unprecedented shutdown but hundreds of flights were still listed as cancelled.


SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali says the intensity of the protests has left the airline with little choice.


"Whilst the airport and the airspace remain open, it is not possible to operate in or out of Hong Kong as in some cases terminals have been blocked and access to check in counters is not possible," says Tlali.


"The decision follows an update SAA received from airport authorities in Hong Kong indicating that the conditions at the Hong Kong International Airport are not conducive for the airport and the airlines to run their operations as per normal."


The affected flights include SA287 and SA286.

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Tlali says the airline will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with their counterparts in Hong Kong.


"SAA regrets the inconvenience caused to its customers and passengers as a result of these cancellations," adds Tlali.


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