18 February 2016

South African Airways suspends Johannesburg <> Abu Dhabi & discontinues codeshare with Etihad Airways!

South Africa's flag carrier, South African Airways (SAA), will cease its operations between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates from 01 March 2016. According to the airline, the decision follows extensive analysis and efforts to make the route sustainable over a much shorter period than anticipated. South African Airways (SAA) will also discontinue the codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways, due to route network rationalisation.  SAA Acting CEO Musa Zwane said in report from the South African Government News Agency: "[...] the airline is confident that most routes previously served through this code share can be accommodated through SAA's other code share partners and within the Star Alliance." Etihad Airways is the second-largest airline of the United Arab Emirates.

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