South Africa’s troubled airline cancels flights pre-strike

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s troubled state-owned airline has begun cancelling flights after two unions announced their workers would go on strike to protest nearly 1,000 expected job cuts.

South African Airways has warned that the strike that begins today “endangers the future of the airline.”

The airline has cancelled nearly all international and domestic flights it operates today and Saturday after the South African Cabin Crew Association and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said they would go on strike today.

The strike was announced shortly after the airline said it is launching a restructuring process that could affect nearly 950 employees.