South African airport charges will increase by more than 70 percent this month of October to help pay for the improvements carried out in time for last year’s Soccer World Cup, including the brand new King Shaka Airport in Durban.
This increase, and the higher prices charged for jet fuel, will force local airlines to put up their ticket prices in October.
Despite these difficulties, Comair, 1Time and SAA are all looking for opportunities to expand their route networks in Africa.
Comair has started a partnership with Solenta Aviation, which operates smaller aircraft with 50 or 70 seats, enabling it to fly routes where passenger numbers are too small for its Boeing 737 jet aircraft. It is using these on its routes from Lanseria Airport in the north of Johannesburg to Nelspruit and Maputo in Mozambique.
Erik Venter, one of its two joint chief executives, says it is looking for more routes of this kind in South Africa or other countries in southern Africa, so we can hope for a whole range of new destinations in the region.