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25 Jun 2021
5:49 am

SAA vs US Delta: Deal just doesn’t fly for Mbaks


It’s not a good idea to pick a fight with the Americans – on anything.

An SAA aircraft on the runway at the OR Tambo International Airport. Picture: Gallo Images/The Times/Alon Skuy

It’s no surprise that a department overseen by Fikile “Mr Fix” Mbalula provokes a row with the most powerful country in the world – and also sabotages a return to business of South African Airways (SAA). Yet, the department of transport, in its arrogance, has unilaterally decided that its reinterpretation of a reciprocal agreement on air services between South Africa and the United States is final. They have denied US carrier Delta the right to land in Cape Town as an extension of its JohannesburgAtlanta service. The Americans, who have been trying for months, apparently, to have a logical discussion...