SAA changes departure closure times

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South African Airways has changed the closing time for domestic flights out of Johannesburg, which will come into effect on 1 April.

Previously, SAA closed all domestic flights for check-in 30 minutes before boarding, but this has now been changed to 40 minutes before departure for all SAA’s domestic flights on departures only from Johannesburg to Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and East London.

The reason? To allow the airline to conclude all departure procedures timeously, particularly those relating to baggage.

This change applies to departures to other domestic stations within South Africa from Johannesburg only and will not affect minimum connecting time. Flights will close sooner, but this will not have an impact on current boarding times which will not be changed.