Airline operator Comair says it will resume flights in South Africa from 1 September 2021.
The airline, which operates Kulula.com and British Airways (operated by Comair), temporarily halted services on 5 July in response to the implementation of an adjusted level 4 lockdown.
It was also hit by the prohibition of all non-essential travel in and out of Gauteng and low demand for air travel.
Comair said it is now preparing its aircraft, flight and cabin crews and airport personnel to ensure a seamless restart of services from the start of next month.
Comair marketing executive, Brian Kitchin, said temporarily suspending flights was the right decision while Covid-19 cases peaked and the vaccination programme gained momentum.
“It wasn’t an easy call to make because of the impact on our customers and employees, but we’ve used the time well, innovating a new fare offering preparing for the restart and looking to re-open more routes such as Mauritius.
“Flying is what we do and we’re eager to take off again and provide South African travellers with compelling products and competitive fares.”
During the suspension period, Comair said that it developed new, flexible fare options to better meet customers’ differing requirements.
The three bundled affordable Kulula.com offerings will allow customers to pay only for what they need. The new bundles include:
- Fly Light: A hop-on, hop-off option for those with only cabin bags offering the best possible fares. A change of booking fee of R299 applies.
- Pack & Go: An all-round option to suit most traveller’s needs including one piece of checked luggage weighing up to 20kg and two free booking changes.
- Fully Loaded: A fully flexible option allowing unlimited booking changes, two checked bags and Q-Jump to speed up check-in procedures.
British Airways (operated by Comair) will re-launch its Johannesburg/ Mauritius route operating two flights a week from 30 November. A third flight is planned.