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SAA is not compelled to pay over money it is holding on behalf of privately-owned regional airline Airlink, the Gauteng High Court rules.
Privately-run airline Airlink will continue with certain services "abandoned" by its franchise partner South African Airways, it says.
"This is stuff of the movies."
In order to stem losses, Airlink will suspend services on the Pretoria-Cape Town route, the airline announced.
Airlink and Safair are disappointed that the Competition Commission has not approved the proposed Airlink acquisition of Safair.
Private airline Airlink says all 34 passengers and four crew members have been unharmed after one of its planes made an emergency landing at OR Tambo International Airport.
The two airlines’ franchise agreement is creating a monopoly, some claim, but Airlink’s CEO says such relationships are in place worldwide.
The price war between SA Express and Airlink is hotting up with Airlink's announcement that it is launching flights from Johannesburg to Gaborone next year.
SA Express has denied that it is starting a price war following an announcement that it is launching cheaper flights on Airlink monopoly routes.
Competition is hotting up between SA Express and Airlink as the two airlines vie for the lion's share of the George route.
Satawu plans to march on privately-owned regional airline Airlink at OR Tambo International Airport to protest against what it claims to be "victimisation".
The privately-owned says it will operate under its own "4Z" flight code from June.
Airlink will temporarily suspend its air services between Johannesburg and Mthatha in the Eastern Cape as a result of the downgrading of the town’s airport by SACAA, Airlink has said.
The Competition Commission has prohibited the acquisition of Safair by Airlink because, in its view, this would result in "a substantial prevention of competition".
The Competition Commission will probe the franchise agreement between national carrier SAA and its privately owned partner Airlink after it received a formal complaint regarding the matter.
The business model of Airlink as a franchisee of SAA is a clone of many successful regional feeder franchises around the world, says CEO Rodger Foster.
Besides its new beach and bush route to Vilanculous in Mozambique, Airlink has announced a third route for travellers to and from Botswana - with double daily flights between Gaborone and Johannesburg.
Airlink has announced it is going to launch flights from Nelspruit’s Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to Vilanculos from June 2014.
Airlink is taking the airline fight to SA Express by starting to fly on two routes where the latter has been enjoying a monopoly.
The gloves are off in the South African airline industry with SA Express taking on Airlink on its money-spinner routes.
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