South African Airways (SAA) has decided to cease operating between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi from 01 March 2016. The airline said its decision follows “extensive analysis and efforts to make the route sustainable over a much shorter period than anticipated. The airline then sought and obtained concurrence from National Treasury after applying for permission to terminate operations on the route”. Since 29 October (2015) SAA has implemented ad hoc cancellations on the route in order to meet the different demand patterns. An application in terms of section 54 of the Public Finance Management Act was approved by the shareholder this

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