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ATNS: Skywise remains our valued customer

Dec 02 2015 12:06
Selene Brophy

Cape Town - While Acsa has refused to give Skywise a 48-hour extension on its debt, Air Traffic Navigations Services has confirmed it has sound business relations with the airline. 

"We haven’t grounded Skywise. Reports linking us to such are erroneous and without substance. Our business relations with Skywise are sound and to this end - they remain our valued clients," said ATNS spokesperson Percy Morokane.

Skywise confirmed it received the notification of suspension from Acsa on 2 December, suspending it indefinitely. 

Skywise says Acsa has refused to give it a 48-hour extension on its debt, following a payment default for services on Tuesday December 1 and has taken to pleading to the state to help keep its 200 staff employed.

READ: Skywise admits to R8m debt, pleads for state to assist

The move comes after weeks of uncertainty that has left passengers stranded and frustrated. 

READ: Skywise suspended, passengers stranded

"The suspension shall be withdrawn as soon as Skywise Airline has made appropriate payments in accordance with the Airport Charges Regulations," Acsa Spokesperson Colin Naidoo said.  

Acsa said in a statement on Tuesday morning that it suspended Skywise from operating at Acsa airports due to unpaid airport charges for landing, take off, parking of aircrafts and related service charges.

And while Skywise is in urgent negotiations with Acsa, it has published an open letter to President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa pleading for "government to intervene in this matter urgently".

acsa  |  skywise  |  aviation  |  low cost airlines


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