JOHANNESBURG-- South African Airways (SAA) on Tuesday cancelled its flights to and from Mauritius because of bad weather.

The airline cancelled flight SA190/MK950 from Johannesburg to Mauritius as well as flight SA191/MK949 of 24 April 2018 from Mauritius to Johannesburg.

At the same time, it announced that it has upgraded Wednesday's flight SA190/25April from Johannesburg to Mauritius and flight SA191/25April from Mauritius to Johannesburg to operate with a bigger capacity A340-600 (42 business and 275 economy class seats), instead of the A330-300.

We apologise for these cancellations, which were caused by circumstances beyond our control. SAA will operate a bigger aircraft, the A340-600, on the route tomorrow to ensure that our customers reach their destinations, SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said Tuesday.

Tlali said the decision to cancel was taken in the interest of safety after it was established from the Mauritius Meteorology Services that the aerodrome weather forecast created by severe tropical storm Fakir would affect SAA's operations on Tuesday.