The decision is part of the airline’s turnaround strategy, says SAA Spokesperson, Tlali Tlali. “As part of the implementation of our turnaround plans, we are constantly seeking new and smart ways to manage costs, improve our revenues and bring more value to our customers. These charters provide an ideal opportunity for us to optimise on aircraft utilisation.”
An exclusive charter agreement between SAA, Air Tour Operators (ATO) and the Ministry of Tourism in the Maldives, has secured the non-stop flights between South Africa and the Maldives, with ATO and SAA combining to offer value-for-money holidays to a pristine part of the world that has previously been difficult to access.
The flight schedule is as follows:
- SA2950 departs at 23h50 on Sundays (April 21, May 19, June 16, June 23, June 30, July 21, August 11, August 18, August 25, September 1, September 22, and October 13), to arrive at 09h50 the following morning in the Maldives.
- SA2951 departs at 13h00 on Saturdays (April 27, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 27, August 17, August 24, August 31, September 7, September 28 and October 19) to arrive at 17h00 in Johannesburg.