Rival airlines agree to remove dispute from court roll

2016-05-24 11:53
(Fly Go Air, Facebook)

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Pietermaritzburg - A high court dispute between SA Airlink airline company and their former local rival, FlyGoAir, was removed from the court roll by agreement on Monday.

SA Airlink spokesperson Karin Murray, however, said that although the matter was removed from the court roll yesterday “pending an out-of-court settlement between the parties”, the matter has not been withdrawn.

This is contrary to a comment by FlyGoAir CEO Reg Sivsanker, who said both parties decided to “walk away” and put the case to bed as they did not have the energy to continue fighting over “petty stuff”.

“We both have airlines to run,” Sivsanker told The Witness in response to a telephonic inquiry as to the reason why the matter was removed from the court roll yesterday.

He said some of the factors that led to a settlement include the fact that police did not follow through with investigations into criminal charges that were opened in relation to the matter and that airport security footage had gone missing.

“… This is a small industry and we need to work together with each other rather than against one another. This whole matter was blown up out of proportion,” he added.

The high court application was originally launched by SA Airlink in 2015, when the airline approached the high court for an urgent order to force FlyGoAir to retract “false and unsubstantiated” claims on social media and in the print media.

In the claims they accused SA Airlink staff of tampering with their computers, embarking on industrial espionage and indulging in alleged anti-competitive behaviour.

In replying court documents at the time, Sivsanker alleged there were cogent reasons at the time for accusing SA Airlink of tampering with booking systems in a bid to prevent FlyGoAir’s business taking off. These allegations were all denied by SA Airlink.

Judge Sharmain Balton ordered the case to be referred for oral evidence due to the massive dispute of facts in the court documents and the matter was set down for trial in the Pietermaritzburg high court from Monday.

However, when it came before KZN Judge President Achmat Jappie he was told the matter was settled. The file recorded that the matter was removed from the court roll by agreement.

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