South African Airways cancels most of Friday’s flights

A South African Airways aircraft (bottom) arrives as a Kenya Airways aircraft prepares to take off at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
The logo of South African Airways (SAA) is seen on an aircraft at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

State airline South African Airways (SAA) has canceled “nearly all” flights scheduled for Friday because of a planned strike over wage increases.

Unions representing about 3,000 of SAA’s 5,000 member workforce said on Wednesday that cabin crew and other workers at SAA would strike over the airline’s refusal of salary hikes and a plan to cut more than 900 jobs.

According to the report, only flights directly operated by SAA would be affected. Flights by subsidiaries Mango, SA Express and SA Air Link, as well as those of private operators, are expected to proceed as scheduled.

An SAA spokesperson did not immediately respond to telephone calls and emailed questions from Reuters seeking details about the cancellations and how long they would last.