Delta Air Lines, United Airlines Do Not Revise South Africa’s Flight in Concerns


Delta and American Airlines will take a taxi away from the gate before their Thanksgiving vacation at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts on November 22, 2021. (Brian Snyder / Reuters)

Washington-Delta and United Airlines change routes to South Africa and the United States on Friday after the White House announced plans to impose new travel restrictions on South Africa from Monday amid concerns about a new COVID-19 variant. He said he had no plans to add it. ..

Delta and United Airlines are the only US passenger airlines that operate direct flights to southern Africa.

Delta currently operates between Johannesburg and Atlanta three times a week, and US airlines say “there are no plans to coordinate services at this time.”

The White House said it plans to ban most non-US citizens who have stayed in South Africa and seven other African countries within the last 14 days.

“We are in contact with the U.S. government because details are unknown at this time and there are many unanswered questions,” said Airlines for America, an industry group representing major U.S. passengers and freight carriers. Stated. In this rapidly evolving situation, it is important that the US Government’s decisions on international travel bans and requirements are science-based. “

“We continue to be committed to maintaining a safe and important link for the supplies and personnel essential to crossing the continent of Africa and the United States as much as possible,” United said. There are no schedule adjustments at this time. “

United currently operates five weekly flights between Newark and Johannesburg, and will repeat on Friday, resuming service between Newark and Cape Town on December 1st, as scheduled.

David Shepherdson