09 October, 2002, JOHANNESBURG: South African Airways alliance partners, SA Express and SA Airlink, will start services to the new Kruger-Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) scheduled to open 21 October.
When the new airport opens, the KMIA management will close Skukuza and Nelspruit airports and KMIA becomes the sole airport for scheduled operations in the area.
The alliance partners will start operating the route from Johannesburg to KMIA as from the scheduled opening day.
Passengers originally booked to fly to Skukuza will be transported by road from KMIA to Skukuza Airport.
From 20 January SA Express will be the sole operator from Johannesburg to the new airport.
Negotiations are underway for services from Cape Town to KMIA to be operated by SA Airlink.
SAA is considering servicing KMIA with its own aircraft from Johannesburg and Cape Town in the near future.