UPDATE: OR Tambo warns of 2-hour delays as #TaxiStrike grips Jozi

2017-06-15 11:26 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - Acsa says passengers travelling via OR Tambo International should plan around 2-hour delays in order to make their flights on time - Follow News24's live coverage here

Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) spokesperson Wayne Minnaar told News24 that taxis were blocking roads and travelling on the N1, N3 and N12.

Motorists affected by this morning’s taxi strike and accompanying blockades, should avoid these areas at all costs, and, if they are caught up in the stoppages, remain as calm as possible, the Automobile Association advises.

OR Tambo International Airport issued a statement earlier on Thursday 15 June, saying it is working with authorities to keep the routes into and out of the airport open - as a gripping taxi strike impacts the main route between Johannesburg and Pretoria 

According to a statement by Acsa, OR Tambo International is not one of the six entities that the Mass Taxi Industry Protest Action Committee (MTIPAC) plans to target with its protest activities.

However the possibility of certain highways and routes leading to the airport being affected by blockades or congestion exists. 

Passengers should allow for delays and longer travelling time to the airport or use the Gautrain - it would also be advisable to use online check-in which opens 24-hrs before the flight time and closes and hour before 

ALSO SEE: #TaxiStrike: 'Avoid Jozi roads and stay calm' – AA

“We are staying in close contact with the metro authorities and the South African Police Service in order to keep the routes into and out of the airport open,” says Leigh Gunkel-Keuler, Spokesperson of OR Tambo International Airport.

“However, protest action of this nature is not entirely predictable and passengers scheduled to depart from the airport on Thursday should make every effort to give themselves more time to get to the airport,” she says.


What should I do if I am at risk of missing my flight:

Keep in contact with your respective airline, informing them of your situation. The conditions of carriage vary from airline to airline - but the responsibility to board on time ultimately rests with you the passenger. 

Take e-action: 
Social media has made it possible to talk to the authorities concerned directly. Go online to see if you can rebook your ticket electronically. 

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Key Twitter accounts to follow:




Domestic airlines:

FlySafair (@FlySafair)

Mango Airlines (@FlyMangoSA)  

kulula (@kulula)  

SAA - South Africa (@flysaa) 

Take actual action:

If you've booked through a travel agents, get in touch with them immediately and leave it to them to advise you on what your next steps will be, including any new flights.

Otherwise, go ahead and take action yourself: get in line at the desk to sort out a new flight – but at the same time, use your cellphone to phone the airline’s customer service centre. Then deal with whomever gets to you first.

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