Airfares Shoot Up Following Comair Grounding

Written by on 14 March, 2022

By: Zilungile Mkhize

Airfares for local flights could increase in the wake of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) indefinitely suspending Comair’s air operator certificate on Sunday.

This moves means the effective grounding of Kulula Air and British Airways.

According to the Citizen, Airlink’s fares yesterday were more than double that of FlySafair’s at R3 193, while the cheapest on the day was still R1 000 more expensive.

Lift’s lowest price was just over R1 600 and the priciest was R1 810.

Comair CEO Glenn Orsmond says this is a huge blow as the grounding effectively takes 40% of the capacity out of the market.

Meanwhile, FlySafair Chief Marketing Officer Kirby Gordon has told a TV news outlet, that with the demand for flights as a result of the grounding of Comair, inevitably ticket prices will also spike on other airlines.

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