Airlines continue to suspend operations due to COVID-19.

Kenya Airways

In response to the Kenyan government’s COVID-19 travel-related restrictions, Kenya Airways has suspended all international flight services, effective March 25 until further notice.

This follows the airline’s initial decision to reduce flight services by over 70%, as it had become increasingly difficult to continue offering international passenger services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways has cancelled Qantas and Jetstar international flight services (including between South Africa and Australia/New Zealand) between March 26 and May 31; and other Qantas international flights until mid-September 2020, said the airline in a statement.

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines will suspend most international flights from March 27.

All international flights, except New York, Washington, Hong Kong, Moscow and Addis Ababa, will be suspended until April 17.

All Turkish Airlines’ South African flights were suspended from March 22.

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines will cut 96% of its capacity that had been originally scheduled until April 30.

The Singapore government announced in a statement on March 22 that, effective March 23, all short-term visitors will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore. This does not apply to Singapore residents, citizens, and long-term pass holders, who will instead be issued a 14-day stay-home notice.

The airline is unsure of when it can begin to resume normal services, due to the uncertainty of when the border controls will be lifted, says the statement.

Emirates Airline

Emirates will suspend all passenger services for two weeks from March 25, due to a travel ban put in place by the UAE government.

All inbound and outbound passenger flights have been suspended to curb the spread of COVID-19.

It was announced in a General Civil Aviation Authority statement, published today (March 23), that cargo and emergency evacuation flights would be exempt

Cancellations aren’t necessary because the airline says it will not charge pax no-show fees.

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways has suspended all flights to, from and via Abu Dhabi.

Still operating, for now:

United Airlines

United Airlines’ service between New York (Newark) and Cape Town will remain until March 28, according to Linden Birns, md of Plane Talking (which handles media relations for United Airlines in South Africa).

The service was part of the airline’s summer season, and was always planned to end on this date.

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