Airlines continue to suspend South African operations following the government’s announcement of a lockdown for 21 days, effective from March 26.


SAA will suspend all domestic flights, from March 27 until April 16, due to the 21-day nationwide lockdown.

The airline will continue to support customers who change travel to before the lockdown commences, and will provide one free change for travel between March 24 and March 26, according to a statement from SAA. Re-accommodation for this purpose will work on a first-come-first-served basis.

All international and regional flights remain suspended until May 31.


South African-based domestic and regional airline, Airlink, will suspend all operations after midnight Thursday, March 26 until April 20.

Airlink had already planned to operate independently using its own flight code ‘4Z’ from June 11 but this will now be brought forward to April 20.

March 26 is the last date for the acceptance for travel on Airlink SA8 flights for passengers holding SAA ‘083’ tickets.

Ticket holders for travel on SA8 after March with a ticket number commencing with the digits ‘083’ should contact SAA for a refund as SAA holds the funds paid in advance for these bookings on behalf of customers.

Airlink has requested SAA to temporarily suspend the interline agreement which was implemented to facilitate the re-accommodation of current SAA bookings issued in conjunction with Airlink’s SA8 flights which were to have been reaccommodated onto Airlink’s 4Z flights.

The airline’s customer care team will be available during the national lockdown period during office hours to assist passengers with queries about 4Z bookings.


Fastjet Zimbabwe will suspend all operations from March 27 until April 16, both days inclusive.

All flights will operate as normal on March 25 and March 26, the airline confirmed on its website.

Customers with existing bookings within the suspension period will be offered rebooking assistance with no additional fees or fare differences.

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines will suspend flights to South Africa from March 27, according to a press release from the airline.

The last flights will be ET 808 and ET 846 from Johannesburg and Cape Town on March 26. The flights will resume from April 17.