The Competition Commission has intervened in the plight of commuters who have been left at the mercy of other airlines following the voluntary grounding of Comair’s Kulula and British Airway flights earlier this week.
The commission said on Wednesday It hit the leaders of the major airlines Lyft, FlySafair, Airlink and SAA.
Believing that the decision to ground the two airlines would significantly reduce domestic air traffic capacity and competition.< /p>
“In particular, the commission tried to prevent possible price gouging stemming from the supply shock,” said its spokeswoman Siyabulela Makunga.
“The commission was encouraged by the positive Response of all airlines In this regard, they recognized the need to bring more capacity to the market and committed not to change their pricing methods to take advantage of the situation. All parties also recognized the challenges posed by rising fuel prices, which will put further pressure on air travel costs. The commission will monitor the situation,” Makunga added.
Comair suspended its flights while the airline sought funding.
In a statement, the airline said: “The rescue experts at the Company ( BRPs) have indicated that the process to raise the necessary capital is underway and there is reason to believe that such financing can be secured.
“Once obtained, the airline will be able to resume operations, but unfortunately under these circumstances, practitioners have no choice but to voluntarily suspend all scheduled flights until funding is confirmed.”
Meanwhile, employees of British Airways and Kulula.com, which are affiliated with Numsa, criticized the move and were expected to hold a vigil on Friday.
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