13 January, 2003, JOHANNESBURG: South African Airways (SAA) will not service the new Kruger-Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), but the route will be serviced by alliance partners, SA Express (SAX) and SA Airlink.
SA Express and SA Airlink fly to KMIA seven times a day from Monday to Friday, four times on Saturdays and five times on Sundays. SA Airlink will begin a service between KMIA and Cape Town on January 20.
SAA was due to begin operations from Johannesburg to KMIA on January 20. While the route has potential, it is not viable for all the three airlines to operate the route together. SAA is confident that the two airlines will be able to handle the capacity.
SA Express and SA Airlink services from Johannesburg to the new airport commenced on 21 October 2002 after the closure of Skukuza and Nelspruit airports resulting in restricted access to Nelspruit attractions.
Passengers booked to travel to Mpumalanga on SAA, will be re-accommodated on the SA Express (SAX) and SA Airlink aircraft.