“Although SAA will discontinue its own operated flights to Buenos Aires [in]… March next year, SAA customers will still be able to travel between both countries through numerous flights operated by SAA partners in South America,” CEO Monwabisi Kalawe said in a statement.
“Before discontinuing any route, SAA takes into account a number of factors that include, but are not limited to, the possible consequences of stopping flights, with due consideration given to how a particular market can still be served.”
He said declining passenger volumes, the weakening rand, and high fuel costs had played a role in the decision.
Customers would still be able to connect to and from various destinations in Argentina, where SAA currently operated 11 weekly flights.
“In its effort to continue offering proper connectivity in the region, SAA has implemented agreements with fellow Star Alliance partners and other major airlines operating between Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires, as well as to and from other key South American destinations,” said Kalawe.
Customers who already had reservations on SAA between Johannesburg and Buenos Aires from March 29 onwards would be reaccommodated.