South African Airways chief strategy officer Barry Parsons, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (07-Aug-2013) “as aviation markets have liberalised and competition has increased, airlines, airports and tourism are now a much greater part of each other’s value propositions.”
SAA CSO: Airlines, airports and tourism 'now a much greater part of each other's value propositions'
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