1-Feb-2012 9:52 AM

Comair to implement cost-saving measures in worsening conditions

Comair CEO Erik Venter stated (31-Jan-2012) the weak economy, poor consumer spending, increasing oil prices, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) charges, a weakening local currency and increasing competition all threaten the growth of local air travel in South Africa. In order to improve efficiency, Comair is implementing new technology (the Sabre Sonic CSS suite), making adjustments to its route network and will receive more fuel efficient aircraft (Boeing 737-800s due later in 2012). Other cost-saving initiatives include making a capital investment to construct its own in-house catering facility in Johannesburg and Cape Town and expanding its crew base to Cape Town, in an effort to reduce costs on staff hotel accommodation by 80%. [more - original PR]

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