SAA tickets being sold again by Flight Centre Travel Group

14 February 2020 - 18:27 By Naledi Shange
Flight Centre Travel Group is selling SAA tickets after placing a hold on sales late last year. Stock photo.
Flight Centre Travel Group is selling SAA tickets after placing a hold on sales late last year. Stock photo.
Image: 123RF/Natalia Bratslavsky

Flight Centre Travel Group announced on Friday that it would resume selling tickets for flights on SAA.

This comes after the group's preferred travel insurer reinstated travel supplier insolvency cover to the national carrier.

Flight Centre Travel Group announced a halt on the sale of SAA tickets from its packages in November 2019 while some employees embarked on a strike over salary increases and retrenchments.

MD of the group for the Middle East and Africa Andrew Stark said, at the time, they had decided to undergo a “stop-sell” because of risks associated with the airline.

He said the “final straw which broke the camel's back” was when the company's preferred travel insurer, Travel Insurance Consultant (TIC) decided that it would not cover passengers using SAA should flights be grounded.

But he said on Friday the travel insurer had reinstated travel supplier insolvency cover to the national carrier.

“In light of the above development, Flight Centre Travel Group has reviewed its position, stated on 28 November 2019, and has decided to lift its stop-sell on SAA,” Stark said in a statement.

“As of 14 February 2019, the group’s wholly owned brands — namely Flight Centre Travel Group, FCM Travel Solutions, Corporate Traveller, Flight Centre Business Travel, Cruiseabout, and Flight Centre Associates — will sell SAA tickets to its customers, in accordance with its standard terms and conditions,” he added.


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