SOUTH African Airways (SAA) is planning a memorable travel experience for unaccompanied minors during the December and January holidays.
Report by Business Reporter
In a statement, the airline said it transported close to 6 000 unaccompanied minors during the school holidays between the ages of five and 12.
“We take the security of the children very seriously as our passengers. They are escorted every step of the way — from saying goodbye to their loved ones at the airport, to boarding the plane,” said SAA head of marketing Kim Thipe.
“They are always boarded last and have special paperwork on a fun pouch around their necks so that they are always highly visible.”
This festive season, the airline is working together with South African National Parks and SA Rugby to create fun and exciting programmes during their travel. “The theme this year is ‘baby animals in the wild’. The aim of entertaining the children is not only for fun, but to also have an educational aspect to hosting them.
“We have taken pictures from the Kruger National Park which will be used to decorate the interior of the area,” added Thipe.
Meanwhile, SAA and Air Canada have signed a code share agreement that will make it substantially easier for customers to travel between South Africa and Canada.
With immediate effect, customers connecting between the carriers in London would be able to book a single itinerary and make seamless connections “SAA looks forward to introducing Air Canada’s customers to our award-winning service and extensive route network.
“This code share agreement represents new and seamless travel options between two world-class airlines with a deep knowledge of their respective markets,” said Manoj Papa, SAA’s acting general manager — commercial.
“Travellers based in southern Africa and Canada will benefit greatly from the convenient travel choices now open to them, thereby increasing travel between the two regions.”
SAA will code share on Air Canada-operated flights between London and Vancouver, London and Toronto and New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport and Toronto, while Air Canada will in turn code share on SAA-operated services between London and Johannesburg, New York and Johannesburg, and Johannesburg and Cape Town.