Domestic flights allowed to operate at full capacity during Level 3

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said commercial aircraft movement will be allowed from certain airports once South Africa enters level 3 on Monday 1 June 2020.

Level 3 domestic flight regulations

It will be implemented in a phased approach, with Phase 1 consisting of OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka International Airport, and Lanseria International Airport.

In addition, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) developed guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and the SACAA will ensure that all guidelines are implemented.

Minister Mbalula said that domestic air travel means that flights will be allowed to depart and land at the selected airports, however, only passengers will be allowed in terminal buildings.

In addition, only limited domestic air travel will be allowed for business trips. These will be subject to restrictions “on the number of lfights per day”.

Authorisation for business trips will be given based on the reason provided. The following measures are still forbidden:

  • No catering will be allowed
  • No magazines onboard, including Sawubona
  • The last row on the plane will be reserved for isolation of suspected cases
  • All aircrafts must be disinfected before and after each flight

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