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Severe cross winds in Mauritius forces SAA to cancel flights

Johannesburg, 16 April 2013. South African Airways (SAA) wishes to advise its customers that due to severe cross winds in Mauritius, the airline had no choice but to cancel flights in the interest of the safety. The forecast winds blowing across the runways in Mauritius were in excess of the SAA operating limits.

The affected flights are:
• SA 190, Johannesburg to Mauritius, that was scheduled to depart at 09:40 on 16 April 2013
• SA 191, Mauritius to Johannesburg, that was scheduled to depart at 16:40 on 16 April 2013

In conjunction with the relevant role players, SAA will monitor the situation and resume operations as soon as conditions are deemed safe for air travel. Arrangements have been made to make use of a bigger aircraft to transport customers to and from Mauritius tomorrow (17 April 2013) during normal scheduled times.

SAA wishes to convey its unreserved apologies to those affected by these developments. As a responsible airline, SAA puts the safety of its passengers and crew ahead of everything else.

SAA Call Centre Numbers:
• Johannesburg (27) 11 978 1111 or 0861 606 606
• Operating hours Mon – Sun 06h00 – 22h00 (local time)


About SAA
South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 26 destinations across the continent, as well as major destinations within South Africa and internationally from its Johannesburg hub. It is a member of the largest international airline network, Star Alliance. SAA’s core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA and its four wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low cost carrier; Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA and South African Travel Centre (SATC). SAA is the winner of the 'Best Airline in Africa’ Award in the regional category for ten consecutive years and the winner of ‘Service Excellence Africa’ for three consecutive years. Mango and SAA hold the number one and number two successive spots as South Africa’s most on - time airlines.

For more information contact:

SAA Group Corporate Affairs
Tlali Tlali
Executive: Group Corporate Affairs
Tel: +27 11 978 3819
Mobile: +27 82 333 3880  


Kabelo Ledwaba
Communications Manager (External)
Mobile: +27 83 414 4720

Twitter: @flysaa