South African Airways has suspended all regional and international flights until at least the end of May in a bid to curb the spread of Coronavirus in South Africa.
The rise in infectious in the south African country saw President Cyril Ramaphosa close the border to all foreign nationals from highly-affected countries.
The country has recorded 202 infection cases so far, the second highest in Africa after Egypt which has registered more than 256 cases and 7 deaths.
“In support of efforts by the government in dealing with this pandemic, and in the best interest of our crew, passengers and the public, we have decided to suspend all international and regional flights until 31 May 2020,” South African Airways CEO Zuks Ramasia said in a statement.
The airline had already canceled 162 flights this week in response to low demand for air travel. Domestic services between Johannesburg and Cape Town will continue to operate.
South African Airways join other leading airlines, including Asutralia’s Qantas and Germany’s Lufthansa is cancelling their international flights.