While the loss of Comair has created a gap in domestic travel in South Africa, an argument can be made that there was already too much capacity on the market, says Airlink chief executive Rodger Foster.
Comair enters into provisional liquidation having significant effects on the time at which ticket holders will be refunded.
South African Airways chief executive officer John Lamola says that the newly reformed airline will shake off government meddling, and promises profitability.
The closure of local airline group Comair will have several knock-on effects on the country's tourism industry, including more cars on the road, says Tourism Business Council South Africa chief executive Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa.
South African aviation company Comair is on the brink of collapse after its business rescue practitioners filed a court application for liquidation this week. Administrators were unable to raise the funds needed to keep flying.
Discovery Bank said it will immediately refund Vitality clients affected by the shutdown of the local airline, Comair.
South African airline Comair has failed to secure the necessary funding to pull it out of financial straits, and its business rescue practitioners (BRPs) say there is no longer any reasonable prospect that the company can be rescued.
The grounding of Kulula and British Airways flights has left a 40% gap in domestic seat capacity leaving other airlines to try and adjust.
Tourism minister Lindiwe Sisulu has warned that the grounding of Comair flights will have a direct impact on travel and tourism in the country.
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