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Flight Centre gives Safair, Airlink merger the thumbs up,


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Flight Centre has given the potential merger between Safair and Airlink the thumbs up, saying it’s an opportunity for both companies to future-proof their offering to the South African market.

The two airlines announced yesterday that they would apply to South Africa’s Competition Commission for approval to unite under the common umbrella of the Airlink group of companies.

The proposal would see Airlink and low-cost FlySafair airlines, and Safair’s other businesses, including humanitarian aid flights, continue to operate separately under their unique brands.

The airlines would retain their respective products, aircraft fleets, management and leadership teams. No job losses due to consolidation would occur, they confirm in a joint statement.

Says Sue Garrett, Flight Centre Travel Group General Manager Product and Marketing: “We believe the merging of Airlink and Safair 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.

Garrett points to an “interesting” model achieved by the airline merger, one that is not dissimilar to that currently enjoyed by BA Comair and kulula.com.

The combined networks of Airlink and Safair extend to 37 destinations in nine Southern African and Indian Ocean countries, as well as St. Helena.
According to the airlines, more details will be provided when the Competition Commission has made its determination, which they anticipate will happen during Q1 2018.

Jeanette Briedenhann
Jeanette Briedenhann
Jeanette Phillips joined the team in 2016. She developed a passion and love for all things-travel related in her role as travel journalist, a position she held for over seven years. A brief exodus into the corporate marketing sphere proved that there is no better industry than the travel industry. Research and writing are two of Jeanette’s greatest passions, but she is always open to new challenges and different ways of doing things.

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