South African Airways (SAA) is to codeshare with Virgin Australia allowing the South African airline to resume serving Sydney.
SAA lost access to Sydney after Qantas, with effect from May 31, axed its codeshare agreement where Qantas codeshared on SAA Perth-Johannesburg services and SAA codeshared on Qantas’s Sydney-Johannesburg flights. In turn the termination of that agreement followed SAA inking codeshare agreements with Virgin Australia covering connecting flights for its Perth services to Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.
“We have had a tremendous response since we first announced our new relationship with Virgin Australia in early February whereby SAA places its code onto Virgin Australia’s flights connecting with SAAs operation out of and into Perth,” SAA country manager Australasia Tim Clyde-Smith said.
“This new development greatly enhances our ability to serve our loyal customers and work with our travel partners in New South Wales.”