South African airline Comair to suspend Johannesburg-Maputo route

13 January 2012

Johannesburg, South Africa, 13 Jan – South African airline Comair, which is part-owned by British Airways, plans to suspend its flights between the capital of Mozambique, Maputo and Johannesburg as of next Tuesday 17 January, the company’s chief executive said in Johannesburg.

Erik Venter explained that high airport taxes charges both in South Africa and Mozambique, which were not covered by ticket sales, were the reason behind the decision.

State company South African Airports increased taxes at the airports it manages by 70 percent on 1 October 2011 so that the South African government could pay down the cost of construction of airport facilities in preparation for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Airline 1Time Holdings cancelled the same route at the end of last year and the company’s chief executive Glenn Orsmond also justified the decision based on high airport taxes. (macauhub)