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Comair collapse – ‘devastating news’ and blow to aviation.

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Comair collapse – ‘devastating news’ and blow to aviation.

Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, TBCSA CEO, says the news of Comair’s collapse is very concerning and devastating news for members of the tourism value chain.
“Comair’s liquidation means we will now have less air capacity domestically and into the region and this is problematic for the recovery of the tourism sector. We are also concerned about the pending job losses but we are hopeful that, once this capacity is taken up, these jobs are recovered,” said Tshivhengwa.
The Comair liquidation would also create bottlenecks and affect the availability of seats and, besides impacting the aviation industry, the blow looked set to filter down and affect car-rental companies and even some accommodation services if capacity was not increased in the short term, Tshivhengwa warned.

In a notice, published on Thursday, the BRPs advised creditors that they no longer believe there is a reasonable prospect that the company can be rescued. Comair, which has been flying planes in South Africa since 1946, has been in business rescue for the past two years.
“It is an extremely sad day for the company, its employees, its customers and South African aviation,” says Ferguson, one of the BRPs in Thursday issued statement.

We concur and our thoughts are with the Comair family.

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