South African Airways has confirmed it is cancelling nearly all domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday, 15 November and Saturday, 16 November.

The airline said the cancellations are a precaution to minimise the disruption to passengers that will result from industrial action.

It comes after the South African Cabin Crew Association and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa confirmed that their members will strike from Friday morning.

SAA confirmed that “discussions are continuing to resolve a wage matter”.

From Australia, SA281 departing on the 15th of November from Perth to Johannesburg will still operate.

SAA’s services from Johannesburg to Perth will not operate on 15 and 16 November.

This means that the returning services from Perth to Johannesburg as SA281 on 16 and 17 November have been cancelled.

Tim Clyde Smith, Regional General Manager Asia Pacific said SAA staff are working around the clock to re-accommodate passengers on affected flights.

Passengers are advised that unless alternative arrangements are in place, customers are requested not to go to their departure airports during the disruption.

Only flights operated by South African Airways will be affected.

All flights operated on partner airlines, including SA Express, Mango, SA Airlink and all codeshare partners, including flights operated by our Star Alliance partner airlines will operate as normal.

These flights can be identified by their flight numbers and will operate as normal: SA 1000 – 1999, SA 2000 – 2999, SA 7000 – 7999 and SA 8000 to 8999.

SAA will operate flights from selected ports in its network on Friday 15 November 2019 back to SAA’s base, OR Tambo International Airport.

The airline will assess the situation on an ongoing basis and customers and travel partners will be kept informed of all operational developments.