South African based airlines have publicized their decision to cease operations from 5th July 2021. This follows the alert level 4 lockdown announcement in South Africa.
The South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the alert level 4 lockdown while addressing the nation on 27th June 2021 and it took effect on 28th June 2021.
Following the announcement, some airlines acted upon ceasing flights. These include, South African start-up airline Lift and Comair, a British Airways and Kulula.com operator.
Comair CEO Glenn Orsmond is quoted by AeroTimeHub to have said that, “flights will be suspended from 5th July in support of the lockdown following the recent infection surge which has particularly affected the Gauteng area.”
It further reports that, according to Orsmond, Comair will recommence services from July 30 in line with COVID-19 regulations. Comair’s Kulula customers with a valid ticket booked until July 29, 2021, will be permitted to use their tickets within a 12-month period from the recommencement of travel with no additional penalties.
The cancelation of Johannesburg- Cape Town route from 5th July to 31st July for Lift was announced on their website. This route will resume from 1st August, 2021; however, bookings will remain open for flights departing on that day.
In addition, all Lift customers holding valid tickets up to and including July 4, 2021, will be able to cancel their bookings with no penalty fees.
The press statement issued by the government, stresses that International air travel is restricted to a select group of airports which include Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.
However, interprovincial leisure travel in and out of the Gauteng province is now prohibited, long -haul flight departures and landings at the authorized airports are permitted during the hours of curfew.
All international airborne travelers will have to provide a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 test, issued not more than 72 hours before the date of travel.