RwandAir has suspended flights to Southern Africa with effect from today (Monday, 8 February 2021) due to fears of COVID-19 variants in the region.
Before the suspension of the flights, the Rwandan airline was flying into Zimbabwe, South Africa and Zambia.
In a statement, the airline said:
In view of the global concerns on covid variants prevalent throughout southern Africa, RwandAir announces the suspension of its flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lusaka and Harare, effective 8 February 2021. Scheduled flights will resume as soon as there is more clarity on the situation.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused.
Affected customers can rebook and fly at a later date at no additional cost – or request a refund.
For further information, please visit www.rwandair.com for the latest updates and information.
The airline had, on 2 December 2020, reintroduced its flights and services operating between Harare and Cape Town.
The Covid-19 pandemic has become a major threat to the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) economies. The bloc’s chair and Mozambique President Mr Filipe Jacinto Nyusi recently expressed worry over rising Covid-19 cases as the region was accounting for more than 50 percent of all new daily infections in Africa.
He noted that the world has witnessed a worrying situation as a result of the increase in new infections caused ultimately by a new strain of coronavirus with higher potential of transmissibility.
In this context, President Nyusi said the Covid-19 pandemic remains a major challenge in almost all Sadc member States.