South Africa has become a competitive domestic air market, which is taking its toll on the LCC segment in particular. The country’s largest and only long-haul carrier, South African Airways, increased its profit as its restructuring continues. But it joined rivals Comair, whose profit decreased, and loss-making carrier 1time in a cautious outlook owing to increased airport charges as well as the global threat of high fuel. Despite the turbulent times, newcomer Santaco Airlines hopes to launch this year and avoid airports with high fees.
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