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Rwandan Airline suspends SADC flights

by Staff reporter
08 Feb 2021 at 19:05hrs | Views
RWANDAN airline (RwandAir) has suspended flights into Southern Africa citing the prevalence of the Covid-19 variants in the region. Before the suspension of the flights, the Rwandan airline was flying into Zimbabwe, South Africa and Zambia.

"In view of the global concerns on Covid-19 variants prevalent throughout Southern Africa, RwandAir announces the suspension of its flights to Johannesburg, Capetown, Lusaka and Harare effective February 8, 2021," it said in a statement, adding that the scheduled flights would resume once there was clarity on the situations.

"We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused. Affected customers can rebook and fly at a later date at no additional cost-or request a refund."

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.

Source - chroncile