JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICASouth African Airways (SAA) will once again be visible in the skies in a month as the airline resumes operations.

The African carrier has confirmed the first flights will begin on September 23. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, 26 August 2021.

“After months of diligent work, we are delighted that SAA is resuming service and we look forward to welcoming on board our loyal passengers and flying the South African flag. We continue to be a safe carrier and adhering to COVID-19 protocols,” Airline's interim CEO Thomas Kgokolo said.

SAA will as an initial phase operate flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Accra, Kinshasa, Harare, Lusaka, and Maputo. More destinations will be added to the route network as it ramps up operations in response to market conditions.

“There is a profound feeling of enthusiasm within Team SAA as we prepare for takeoff, with one common purpose - to rebuild and sustain a profitable airline that once again takes a leadership role among local, continental, and international airlines,” Kgokolo added.

The bankrupt national carrier of the country was bailed out by the South African government at the end of April 2021.