South African Airways (SAA) is poised for a triumphant return to international skies with the resumption of direct flights to Brazil, marking a significant milestone after a four-year hiatus during the company’s restructuring phase. The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has officially endorsed this exciting development, heralding SAA’s comeback to Brazil as its first intercontinental route post-successful business rescue. Commencing on October 31 from Cape Town and November 6 from Johannesburg, these inaugural São Paulo flights coincide with SAA’s two-year return to operations, to be celebrated with an official relaunch led by DPE Minister Pravin Gordhan, who underscored the airline’s remarkable resurgence and emphasized the forthcoming São Paulo route’s significance. SAA will now offer four weekly flights to Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo, ushering in a promising chapter of recovery and expansion for the national carrier.
South African Airways (SAA) is making a triumphant return to the skies, announcing the resumption of direct flights to Brazil, a route discontinued almost four years ago during the company’s restructuring efforts under the business rescue process.
The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has officially confirmed this exciting development, marking a significant milestone for the national carrier. SAA’s return to Brazil represents its first intercontinental route since successfully emerging from the challenges of business rescue.
On October 31, SAA’s inaugural flights to São Paulo will depart from Cape Town, followed by flights from Johannesburg commencing on November 6.
This announcement coincides with the two-year anniversary of SAA’s return to operation, which will be celebrated with an official relaunch ceremony led by DPE Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Minister Gordhan expressed his enthusiasm for the São Paulo route’s relaunch, emphasizing the remarkable progress SAA has made since narrowly avoiding liquidation. He remarked, “The upcoming event marks a very significant step in the resurgence of South African Airways. We look forward to the official relaunch of SAA, along with the introduction of its first intercontinental flight to São Paulo, Brazil.”
SAA’s flights to São Paulo will operate four times a week, with departures from both Cape Town (Tuesdays and Saturdays) and Johannesburg (Mondays and Thursdays) to Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo. This development signifies a promising and exciting chapter in SAA’s journey of recovery and expansion.
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