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KLM cancels flights from South Africa to Amsterdam amid pandemic

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KLM flights from South Africa to Amsterdam are set to be cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with no clear word yet on when the airline will reinstate the flights.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines released a statement on Thursday, 21 January 2021, which served as a notice of the airline routes that have been cancelled due to the pandemic. The notice comes as South Africa recently announced the closure of several land ports and restrictions on air travel.

According to KLM’s statement, “On Wednesday, 20 January 2021, the Dutch Government imposed a flight ban effective from Saturday, 23 January 2021, banning all flights with passengers from South Africa, the UK and various countries in South America to the Netherlands, due to continued COVID-19 safety concerns.

“KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has, therefore, regretfully cancelled all flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Amsterdam, in order to comply with the new regulation issued by the Dutch Government. KLM apologises for the inconvenience these cancellations cause their customers. All passengers will be contacted and re-booked on alternative flights at no additional cost.”

KLM concluded by reiterating its commitment to ensuring the safety of all passengers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sabelo Makhubo
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