South Africa's airline is back in the sky

Released on 23.09. 2021

  • After a month-long rescue procedure, the South African airline South African Airways flew again for the first time. Photo: Kim Ludbrook

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South African Airways was once the second largest airline in Africa. But since 2011 she was dependent on state aid. Finally, a rescue procedure followed. Now a route has been started again.

Cape Town (dpa) – After a month-long rescue procedure, the badly battered South African airline South African Airways (SAA) is after 18 flown again for the first time in months.

In June, the then insolvent airline, which is a Lufthansa partner in the Star Alliance, was restructured and partially privatized. The domestic route Johannesburg-Cape Town was resumed on Thursday. In addition, SAA wants to start regional connections to Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo next week, it said.

SAA, once the second largest airline in Africa after Ethiopian Airlines, had 2011 last reported a profit and was then repeatedly dependent on state aid and guarantees. The Takatso consortium, which launched the domestic airline Lift at the end of last year, has been at 49 percent since June Majority shareholder, while the state continues to hold 46 percent of the shares. In the bailout plan of the administrators was a sum of 09, 1 billion rand (583 million euros) has been deemed necessary for a successful realignment.

The airline’s fleet is shrunk from 46 to six fliers; Hundreds of jobs have been cut. The SAA low-cost flight subsidiary Mango remains on the ground and is in bankruptcy proceedings.

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