Williamsb747 wrote:This is most likely due to SAA cutting GRU completely. Although I would have thought LA would add more than daily flights as this route was previously flown 12 weekly between the two carriers.
hoons90 wrote:From what I remember, until recently GRU was not severely loss making for SA, but just around the breakeven point. Sad to see SA pull out of GRU completely. Several years ago, they even had a second daily frequency on some days of the week.
evanb wrote:hoons90 wrote:From what I remember, until recently GRU was not severely loss making for SA, but just around the breakeven point. Sad to see SA pull out of GRU completely. Several years ago, they even had a second daily frequency on some days of the week.
About 10 to 15 years ago it was, but that was before LATAM entered non-stop and long before the ME3+ entered GRU in a big way. Up until then SA had the most efficient connections to Asia, but the route has been hemorrhaging money for a while.
hoons90 wrote:Interesting. IIRC they used to be a big player in the BOM-GRU market, but of course both are dropped/getting dropped now.
hoons90 wrote:I read a few years ago that PER, FRA and MUC were the only truly profitable long haul routes for SAA. I guess this isn't the case anymore now that MUC is getting dropped.
dcajet wrote:The thread title is not totally accurate. All the news piece says is that LATAM plans to take the GRU-JNB-GRU from 5x w to daily in 2020, but there is no set date for it.
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