Breaking news: Flight delays at OR Tambo

Swissport, a company providing ground handling services to SAA and other airlines, has advised that some of its employees at OR Tambo International Airport have embarked on unprotected strike action, according to a statement released by SAA. The company will be implementing contingency measures to mitigate the impact on operations.

SAA has warned that it is experiencing flight delays at the airport as a result of the industrial action.

"We would like to apologise to our customers for the inconvenience caused by the delays we are experiencing due to the strike action. We would like to advise our customers to make the necessary adjustments to their travel arrangements to accommodate this unfortunate operational glitch," said SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali.

A number of inbound and outbound flights have been affected since this morning with three flights to Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Maputo departing without any bags loaded. The bags were, however, loaded on subsequent flights. 

The delay impact is around one hour and thirty minutes, and the airline has decided to mobilise its own resources to augment and support Swissport's efforts to minimise the impact of the delay. 

"Should the situation continue, we will implement additional recovery plans," Tlali said.  

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