Skywise Co-Chair Tabassum Qadir opens up about airline’s struggles

Low-cost airline Skywise has suspended all its flights because of a pay dispute with the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), leaving passengers stranded.

The airline, which took off in February this year, has confirmed it received a notice from Acsa warning it would be shut down because of unpaid airport charges.

Now it's written an open letter to President Jacob Zuma, calling for intervention.

Skywise says it owed R4 million to Acsa and R4 million to the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS).

The airline says it had agreed to pay money in instalments, two of which have already been paid.

The third was due on Tuesday, but management requested a 48-hour extension.

The request was however rejected.

The airline says around 200 employees now stand to lose their jobs weeks before Christmas.

It’s calling on government to intervene in this dispute to help the airline stay in business.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield played a clip in which Tabassum Qadir, Co-Chair of Skywise, spoke to The Midday Report’s Stephen Grootes about the airline’s financial struggles.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

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