Kulula challenges local airlines to cut 2010 fares

2010-02-11 14:49

AIRLINE kulula.com – Comair’s low cost subsidiary – has challenged

all South African airlines to lower their airfares during the World Cup.

“The World Cup should not be seen as a ‘get rich quick’ scheme,” it

said in a statement today.

This followed last month’s announcement by the Competition

Commission that it was investigating collusion among South African airlines on

World Cup prices and pricing strategies.

“Since the World Cup draw, at the beginning of December last year,

kulula.com has consistently offered the lowest airfares during the

tournament.

“An additional 28 000 seats, mostly on its new Boeing 737-800

aircraft, have already been added to cater for World Cup fans.”

The airline said it had also undertaken to provide an additional 15

000 seats if demand for World Cup seats grew.

“It’s our policy to rather add more flights than to rely on pushing

prices up.

“If you compare the prices of domestic flights during the

tournament, our prices are the lowest, finish and klaar.”

It challenged all airlines in the country to reduce their

prices.

“Many of the additional seats have been added, to and from Lanseria

[airport], which has proved to be a popular choice for World Cup travellers for

its ease of use and low cost flights.

“Flights from that airport during June this year are still being

sold from as little as R419.”

Kulula.com said that even though there had been “a lot of whinging

and misinformation” from one of its competitors about its fares out of Lanseria,

this competitor’s fares from OR Tambo International Airport were higher than

those from Lanseria.

“Over the World Cup period they are three times higher,” kulula.com

alleged.

It was announced earlier this week that 1time airline would take

its complaint against rival Comair to the Competition Tribunal.

Comair and Lanseria airport have an agreement that kulula.com

flights have exclusive use of the airport for flights to Durban and Cape

Town.

The agreement is due to expire only next year.
 

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