Two months after its decision regarding SAA tickets and packages, Flight Centre Travel Group has decided to lift its ‘stop-sale’ policy towards the embattled airline.
Flight Centre Travel has announced it will start selling South African Airways (SAA) tickets again, merely two months after the leading travel retailer abruptly opted to stop the sale of packages and tickets at SAA.
The decision, announced on Friday 14 February, comes after the company’s preferred travel insurer, Travel Insurance Consultants (TIC) – a division of Santam, reinstated travel supplier insolvency cover to the cash-strapped airline.
“In light of the above development, Flight Centre Travel Group has reviewed its position stated on 28 November 2019, and has decided to lift its ‘stop-sale’ on SAA,” Flight Centre Travel Group managing director for the Middle East and Africa, Andrew Stark, said.
“As of 14 February 2020, the group’s wholly owned brands — namely Flight Centre Travel Group, FCM Travel Solutions, Corporate Traveller, Flight Centre Business Travel, Cruiseabout, and Flight Centre Associates — will sell SAA tickets to its customers, in accordance with its standard terms and conditions,” Stark added.
Decision to cut ties motivated by risks associated with SAA
The travel group made the move to stop selling SAA tickets in November 2019, ahead of the national carrier being placed under business rescue.