KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala is calling for an urgent meeting with South African Airways (SAA) to discuss its decision to cut flights to King Shaka International Airport in Durban.
On Thursday, SAA business rescue practitioners announced the airline will be cutting all its domestic routes except for Johannesburg to Cape Town.
Domestic routes including Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth will cease to be serviced on 29 February 2020.
Clement Manyathela speaks Zikalala about why he wants to have the meeting.
If you stop flights to Durban obviously the tourism industry will be affected.— Sihle Zikalala, Premier - KwaZulu-Natal
What is more concerning for us is that there is no factual evidence that proves that it is unsustainable to fly from Johannesburg to Durban.— Sihle Zikalala, Premier - KwaZulu-Natal
If it is so, why are other companies increasing their flights from Joburg to Durban?— Sihle Zikalala, Premier - KwaZulu-Natal
Zikalala says they will not interfere with the work the business rescue practitioners are doing.
What we are requesting is to get that financial analysis and that would help to analyse and confirm with others.— Sihle Zikalala, Premier - KwaZulu-Natal
Up to this far there is nothing that has been presented to us that the route is not sustainable.— Sihle Zikalala, Premier - KwaZulu-Natal
Listen to the full interview below...