Hein Kaiser
4 minute read
1 Mar 2021
4:59 am

No hope as airlines nosedive

Hein Kaiser

Airlines remain mum about load factors, with Mango declining to participate in any kind of discourse at all.

Airlink flights currently carry the “SA8” flight designation, but the new commercial arrangement will result in the use of the “4Z” code. Image: Facebook/Fly Airlink

More than 100 airlines around the world have already collapsed or are in some form of business rescue. It’s been no different in South Africa. Comair spent months in business rescue, SA Express was liquidated, and SAA’s hope of reincarnation was stubbed out – for now. “It’s an unmitigated disaster,” said Airlink chief executive Rodger Foster. “Just as we started seeing a path to recovery last year, super-spreader events in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape ignited a second wave, bred a new strain of virus and spread it quickly.” The world isolated South Africa to contain this, too. Add to...