SA airline wants dialogue with government
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – EXECUTIVES from Skywise Airline have called for an immediate round-table discussion between the airline industry and the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, to explore ways to complement South African government efforts in the industry.
The Co-Chairs and co-founders of the country’s newest airline J. Malik and Tabassum Qadir, believe the gathering would bring solutions to several issues that were important to the entire opening up of the domestic airline sector and thereby help to improve South Africa’s economic influence.
Input should include the distortion of air ticket prices by the national carrier, how private airlines can best complement the domestic market that South African Airways struggling to service, how the sector can help with the increase of real job creation as well as the “politics” experienced by some private operators in their daily work when dealing with government institutions.
“Skywise wants full support achievable through close relations with the tourism department.
“It believes that regular interface with the institution ensures effective growth for the entire industry as this guarantees idea sharing and instant feedback,” read a statement.
Officials said government’s adequate and proper attention to the entire airline industry had many advantages.
“These include the creation of employment, growth of the economy, increased government revenue, value addition to the sector and expansion of the airline (and travel) industry in general.
“Increased, tangible government support can further boost the outlook of the South African economy.”
The round table discussion should spur South Africans to talk about an industry, where dynamism is at play as a result of the birth and growth of multiple domestic airline operators,” Skywise officials stated.
“Careful consideration and execution of the above has potential to drive unprecedented growth in the South African
– CAJ News
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