South Africa will be ease a number of air travel restrictions as it moves to an ‘advanced’ level 3 of the lockdown.
Speaking at a media briefing on June 29, 2020, Transport minister Fikile Mbalula said that this will include the reopening of a number of domestic air routes, as well as general relaxations around the industry.
“In addition to the country’s four main airports which opened three weeks ago, the following domestic airports may open from 1 July, Bram Fischer International Airport in Bloemfontein, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Pietermaritzburg Airport, Port Elizabeth International Airport, Richard’s Bay Airport and Skukuza International Airport,” said Mbalula.
Cape Town International, O.R. Tambo International, King Shaka International and Lanseria airports have been in operation since the beginning of June while George and East London have been excluded from this phased reopening as they do not meet the minimum safety requirements.
Travel for leisure purposes and international flights remain suspended except for those carrying out repatriations and medical evacuations.
Airlines will now be permitted to provide pre-packed meals which would be placed in front of the passenger before they board.