UPDATE ON COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS ON DOMESTIC PASSENGER FLIGHTS

This article seeks to provide a brief update on an article published on our Facebook page and our website on 1 July 2020 concerning domestic passenger flights.

The Port Elizabeth International Airport will reopen today (1 July 2020) for business travel together with Upington and Bloemfontein airports, as announced by the Cabinet member responsible for transport, Mr Fikile Mbalula, on 29 June 2020. These airports join the ranks of Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka International Airport, OR Tambo International Airport and Lanseria Airport which reopened on 1 June 2020, subject to the conditions discussed in my previous article: “https://www.blcattorneys.co.za/articles/covid-19-restrictions-on-domestic-passenger-flights-and-general-aviation/”.

It is important to note that all restrictions and control measures that were put in place on 1 June 2020 continue to apply and must be adhered to from the 1 July 2020 when the above airports reopen. The  Airports Company South Africa’s spokesperson, Gopolang Peme, has advised that all required measures will be in place by 1 July 2020 and that passengers should visit the airports company website (https://www.airports.co.za/) to establish which access points to airport entrances will be open.

Passengers must continue to produce their business travel authorisation letters at a security check point together with a paper copy or electronic copy of their boarding passes. Masks must continue to be worn on arrival at each respective airport, for the duration of each flight, and out of the airport concerned.

Author: Blaine Saunders