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Date published 04.12.2017

THE RETAIL industry has supported the potential merger between Safair and Airlink, predicting it would guarantee routes and services.The deal will see Airlink and FlySafair, as well as Safair’s other businesses, unite under an Airlink group of companies.

Sue Garrett, Flight Centre Travel Group General Manager Product and Marketing commented: “… [It] would be a positive move. The business models of each airline are completely different, as are the routes they service, so through this merger both carriers could look at opportunities to reduce costs in areas that would make commercial sense to share.”

Ms. Garrett said the model was not dissimilar to BA Comair and kulula.com.

The combined networks of Airlink and Safair extend to 37 destinations in nine Southern African and Indian Ocean countries, including St. Helena.

Competition Commission approval is likely to be in the first quarter of next year.

Airlink CEO and Managing Director Rodger Foster commented: “Airlink’s acquisition of Safair, which is financially robust and profitable, makes good business sense. It presents opportunities to reduce our combined costs, position ourselves for growth while at the same time increasing connectivity and choice while making air travel accessible and affordable for our customers…”

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