United postpones restart of its South African flights

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United Airlines was scheduled to commence every day flights in between Johannesburg and New York from the end of March. It would have been the only provider presenting direct flights between the United States and South Africa at this time.

In 2020, United cancelled resumption of its seasonally operated flights involving Cape City and New York which ended up because of to commence on 15 December. The airline cited the world slump in demand from customers as the rationale for dropping the route.


The airline experienced also planned to launch immediate flights to Johannesburg in the very first quarter of 2021, earning it the only provider traveling in between South Africa and the US.

United was to offer you day-to-day flights to Johannesburg, with the non-quit route among New York and Johannesburg established to be introduced on 27 March. This would have been the shortest and most direct way of obtaining from South Africa to the US.

Impact OF COVID-19 ON Airlines

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on tourism and aviation throughout the globe. Travel constraints, flight bans and border closures have led to a slump in desire for flights.    

US President Joe Biden announced the expanded constraints on travel to the US, which now incorporate a journey ban on nationals from South Africa.

UNITED SCALES Back again ITS Operations

Like most key worldwide airlines close to the world, United is implementing actions to slash charges and avert personal bankruptcy. There are quite a few strategies an airline can cuts fees. These incorporate reducing frequencies of flights, dropping specific places from its route network or suspending the start of new routes.

“As travel need remains at historic lows thanks to the pandemic, we go on to be nimble and versatile with our network and schedules by building changes to our schedules as required, centered on altering demand tendencies,” a spokesperson for United mentioned, as quoted by The PointsGuy.com.


As section of its enlargement technique, United Airways was to start flights to a few new locations in Africa – Lagos, Accra and Johannesburg. The pandemic has compelled the airline to critique its route expansion programs. Flights to Johannesburg are envisioned to start off on 3 June.

“In reaction to fluctuating desire, we are shifting the start off dates for two new worldwide routes this summer. Our new non-prevent services involving Newark and Johannesburg, South Africa, is now scheduled to start June 3 2021,” the United Airlines spokesperson explained.

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