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SAA needs to be more proactive with route networks - MP

Aug 04 2017 11:04

Cape Town – ANC MP Pinky Kekana said SAA should be more proactive with its route networks and take back some of the routes it has given to other airlines.

“BA for example flies from Johannesburg to Durban and take our routes. Those are sustainable routes that can assist our national carrier and prevent from going down the drain.”

Kekana called on Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to convene with Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi to review the route allocation.

“Because this is what radical economic transformation is supposed to speak to,” she added.

“These guys (other airlines) are eating up our [profits]. Let’s review them. We can’t be apologetic and watch our airline go down the drain. Some of the national carriers even own their own airports. Why can’t SAA own any airports?”

Kekana made the utterances during a parliamentary engagement SAA has with Parliament’s standing committee on finance on the national carrier’s finances and performance plan.  

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