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Johannesburg-based Comair Limited is a South African airline offering regional services to destinations in South Africa, Mauritius, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Since 1998 Comair has operated as a South African franchise of British Airways, operating much of its services under the British Airways brand and with bookings available through the BA website. Comair also wholly-owns the Johannesburg-based South African LCC kulula.com, which offers an extensive domestic and regional network.
Location of Comair main hub (Cape Town International Airport)
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British Airways franchisee Comair reported a strong net profit for the year ended 30-Jun-2011, however external factors are expected to create a challenging environment ahead. The South African carrier reported a slightly smaller operating profit for the year and the second lowest operating profit in the past six years. FY2010 saw a strong operating profit due to the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup, which gave most South African carriers a temporary boost. The effects of this period however have been cut short by the rising cost of fuel, increase in ACSA tariffs and general economic conditions. FY2012 is expected to be a challenging period for Comair and it has suspended any significant growth plans in anticipation of this. Comair is still implementing its fleet renewal programme, which will see it and its wholly-owned low cost subsidiary Kulula operate a fleet of next generation B737s.
The development of Lanseria Airport - a secondary airport servicing Johannesburg - as a regional hub is progressing for both Comair brands, but particularly for Kulula. While the carrier is readying itself for tough operating conditions ahead, its new hub is set to benefit from high investment, construction projects and increased capacity.
In Aug-09, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) reported financial and traffic highlights for the 12 months ended 31-Mar-09. Passenger numbers are down as the recession began to set in and despite a large jump in non-aeronautical revenue generation, operating profit fell by 5.4% and pre-tax profit more than halved. ACSA’s performance has prompted many South Africans to query whether the state will have to bail it out, as it has had to do with other para-statal bodies, and if it will end up like failing national airline SAA. But for now it seems to be holding its own.
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