Qantas, SAA to end codeshare from 31 May

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Qantas Airways and South African Airways (SAA) will end their codeshare arrangement on flights between Australia and South Africa on 31 May.

A spokesperson for Qantas says that regulators have indicated that the long-standing arrangement it is unlikely to be extended beyond December this year, when its approval lapses.

Under the agreement, SAA placed its code on Qantas’s Sydney-Johannesburg flights, while Qantas codeshared on SAA’s Perth-Johannesburg services. The carriers had a ‘hard block’ arrangement and were not permitted to revenue share or jointly sell fares.

Innovata schedules show that Qantas operates six-times weekly services from Sydney to Johannesburg with Boeing 747-400s, while SAA operates daily services to Perth using a combination of Airbus A340-300s and -600s.

Qantas adds that it plans to retain its Sydney-Johannesburg services after the codeshare ends. For Perth passengers, however, it will offer connections to South Africa on alliance partner Emirates’ services via Dubai to Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after SAA entered into a codeshare arrangement with Virgin Australia, providing connections from Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide to its Perth-Johannesburg services. It is expected that SAA will now extend the codeshare to include Sydney.