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South African airline SA Express suspends operations

Due partly to the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic, SA Express said it would suspend operations from Wednesday until further notice.

South African state-owned airline, which flies to domestic and regional destinations, said it would accommodate customers on alternative flights and non-critical staff would go on compulsory leave.

The global aviation industry is battling to survive a plunge in demand caused by the virus, with some airlines seeking government bailouts or grounding most of their fleets.

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“The airline will utilize this period to review its current network and streamline operations for improved efficiency,” it said in a statement.

SA Express entered a form of bankruptcy protection this year, after a court battle with a contractor, logistics firm Ziegler. The airline is separate from much larger state carrier South African Airways, which is also under bankruptcy protection.

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