What we are doing

No Touch IconCleaning the Aircraft

Our aircraft have always been carefully cleaned in line with the highest standards in aviation health and safety practices. Still, the COVID-19 pandemic has called for us to step up measures to ensure maximum prevention of infection. We've included the following cleaning and disinfecting activities:

  • Our aircraft are deep-cleaned every evening using an aircraft-grade, antibacterial and antiviral cleaning solution.
  • The teams pay special attention to common touch areas like seatbelts, armrests, tray tables, handles, buttons, air vents, overhead bin closures, and the bathroom areas.
  • The aircraft cabin is sprayed down using an electrostatic disinfectant, which is highly effective in combatting viruses and bacteria and remain active on surfaces for an extended period.

Areosol IconDisinfection Between Flights

Between flights, commonly used areas such as lavatories, tray tables, armrests, seat belts, call buttons and overhead bin handles, are cleaned with Sani-Cide EX3 and then the cabins are treated using an aerosol fogger called Foggin Buddy that contains a CE certified disinfectant which is safe for people, but not for viruses.

Mask IconMasks

All staff and customers are required to wear masks for the duration of their journey with us. Masks have proven to be very effective in combatting the spread of COVID-19. We require that all staff and all passengers wear masks for the duration of their journey with us. Crew also wear masks fitted with Airlaid spunlace disposable filters to protect them and our customers.

No Touch IconNo Touch

There is no need for a customer to touch any surface on the aircraft up until you are required to stow your hand luggage or fasten your seatbelt. We've implemented a strict no-touch policy to avoid direct contact between our teams and our customers and to avoid contact on shared surfaces. Specifically:

  • We encourage customers to use our mobile or WhatsApp boarding passes. Boarding passes should be scanned by customers without touching the scanner surfaces.
  • ID documents should be presented to the team, but not handed to anyone.
  • There will not be any magazines on board to prevent surface contamination across surfaces, but customers are encouraged to download digital copies onto their mobile devices before boarding.
  • No catering will be available onboard to prevent touching of shared surfaces.

Sanitiser Icon Keeping hands clean

  • Each passenger will be required to clean their hands with hand sanitiser, provided by our the crew, when boarding.
  • The crew also have additional sanitiser on board should customers need any.
  • Our lavatories are stocked with antibacterial and antiviral soap.

Temperature screening Icon Temperature Checks

  • All crew will have their temperature taken before duty, and any person who exhibits a temperature over 38°C will be sent home.
  • All customers will also have their temperatures taken before boarding, and any customer with a temperature over 38°C will be denied boarding.
  • The crew are also equipped with digital thermometers to monitor customer temperatures during flight.

IconCarefully Controlled Air Quality

  • FlySafair's aircraft are equipped with a sophisticated air recycling system that completely renews the cabin air every few minutes.
  • This system operates across blocks of seat rows, ensuring all parts of the aircraft receive the same quality of fresh air simultaneously.
  • This system employs High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters that are similar to those used in operating theatres.

IconSocial Distancing Seats

While physical distancing through the use of masks should be a sufficient measure, we've also made the opportunity available to customers to ensure that they can employ a degree of social distancing during their journey. As a policy, we will fill window and aisle seats before allocating passengers to the middle seat, but passengers booking on our website can also select our new "Blocked Seat" option to keep the middle seat on your row open.

What You Can Do

  • Don’t fly if you are feeling ill. Having a compromised immune system already increases your risk of contracting the virus and puts other people at risk.
  • Masks are a requirement and will need to be worn at the airport and while travelling.
  • Regularly washing your hands s one of your best defences against COVID-19. The WHO recommends using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser product, and it's a great idea to keep a travel-sized bottle on you at all times.
  • Check-in online and download your mobile boarding pass to limit the number of exchanges you make with others.
  • Maintain physical spacing at the airports and onboard.
  • Arrive at the airport early to allow for new check-in, security and boarding processes.

Using your face mask

The World Health Organisation has advised the following on the use of face masks. More information is available at WHO.int.

Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub, or soap and water.

How to use a mask properly:

  • Wahsing hands iconWash your hands before fitting a mask
  • Person putting on a mask iconDo not touch the front of the mask while wearing it
  • Person fitting his mask to his face iconRemove the mask using the string or bands, not the front of the mask
  • Bin iconDispose of the gloves in a closed bin

What's Happening At The Airports

South Africa’s health authorities have been hard at work with the aviation community to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. More information on steps being taken by the airports can be requested from the airport in question, but you are likely to see staff wearing protective gear, more hand sanitizer stations, increased cleaning procedures and lots of awareness. FlySafair is also working hard to ensure regular deep cleaning of aircraft with appropriate cleaning materials. We are encouraging customers to wash their hands regularly and sharing as much information with our staff and customers as we can. It’s essential that we all do our individual part to combat the spread of Coronavirus.

Using your face mask

The World Health Organisation has advised the following on the use of face masks. More information is available at WHO.int.

Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub, or soap and water.

How to use a mask properly:

  • Wahsing hands iconWash your hands before fitting a mask
  • Person putting on a mask iconDo not touch the front of the mask while wearing it
  • Person fitting his mask to his face iconRemove the mask using the string or bands, not the front of the mask
  • Bin iconDispose of the gloves in a closed bin

About the Coronavirus

COVID-19 is the scientific name of the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The 2019 novel coronavirus was identified in China at the end of 2019 and is a new strain of this virus that has not previously been seen in animals.

The World Health Organisation has pointed out that the containment of this virus is feasible and must remain a top priority, so we all must stay informed and do our part to prevent the spread of infections.

Transmission of Corona

Transmission of Coronavirus occurs via direct physical contact with infected respiratory droplets. Specifically, it’s key to avoid the transfer of these infected droplets into the eyes, nose, and mouth.

2-14 days is the estimated incubation period of the disease.

Prevention of Infection

Every person is responsible for their own health, and it’s important to know how to protect yourself against infection.

  1. Try to avoid direct physical contact with sick people.
  2. Wash your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  3. Try to avoid touching your face unless you’ve just washed your hands properly.

Symptoms

Symptoms of Coronavirus are very similar to the common cold and flu. Consult with a healthcare practitioner if you are concerned that you might be infected.

Onboard Catering

The following is a note from FlySafair's Chief Marketing Officer, Kirby Gordon, concerning the fact that FlySafair is currently not providing any onboard catering services:

FlySafair commenced post-lockdown operations on 15 June 2020. During this early period, there was a restriction placed on airlines about the provision, and sale, of on-board catering services. While catering has been reintroduced on flights in South Africa by other carriers, FlySafair has decided to continue not to offer catering, instead urging customers to keep their face masks on over their noses and mouths as far as possible.

In-flight catering on domestic flights was initially disallowed to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. Having customers remove their face masks to eat and drink poses a risk for the virus to spread, as does the need to touch common surfaces when it comes to serving food and drink as well as potentially taking payments for the same.

A great deal of research has been done on how safe it is to travel on aircraft during the Covid-19 pandemic. The environment within the confined cabin compartments is very carefully regulated and conditioned with air being filtered and refreshed every 2 - 3min. All of this research has been premised on individuals wearing cloth face masks properly over the nose and mouth while travelling.

As we see a surge in infection again, we at FlySafair believe that it remains vital that we stay as true to our infection prevention efforts as we were on our first day of post-lockdown operations. In the spirit of that intention, FlySafair has decided to forego the revenue from on-board catering services through this holiday period in favour of promoting mask-wearing compliance and a safe flying environment.

Water is and will remain, available on request for passengers in need of it. We also strongly advise customers living with diabetes to ensure that they have snacks with them should they be needed. No eating will be allowed on board. Customers are allowed to bring drinks (non-alcoholic) on board, but we strongly encourage that it is enjoyed on the ground before or after travel.

Lastly, we'd like to thank our customers for their understanding. We appreciate that it's lovely to sit back on a flight with a beverage and a snack to pass the time, and we look forward to a point where we feel that it is safe to offer you that service once again. We also salute you for your on-going support and understanding when it comes to the sometimes uncomfortable wearing of face masks for the duration of your travel. Together we will overcome this virus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions

Is it safe to fly?

Yes, it is safe to fly. See What we are doing

When will flights resume?

We'll be back once the travel restrictions have been lifted.

Where can I cancel my booking to a voucher?

Your booking can easily be cancelled to a voucher on the My Bookings section of our website.

Not sure how? Watch: How to request a Refund to Voucher

When will the contact center open again?

We'll be back once the travel restrictions have been lifted and we start flying again.

For how long is my Voucher Valid?

Your voucher is valid for 12 months from the date of issue - that’s to say that you need to spend it within 12 months, but you can purchase any available flights.

When will flights resume?

Flights will resume once the travel restrictions are lifted. Visit sacoronavirus.co.za for more information.