1-Mar-2011 1:05 PM

SAA overprotected as national airline: Government

South Africa's Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk stated that South African Airways is "overprotected" as the national airline, a situation which would have to change as the country embarked on further liberalisation of air services (Business Day, 28-Feb-2011). Another source of concern for the minister is the "unilateral taxes" being imposed by some European governments as they "scramble for new sources of general revenue".

South African Government: "Fifty foreign airlines currently fly to SA but more has to be done. This includes possibly providing more slots to foreign airlines, better timed slots and allowing them to travel to other destinations in Africa after landing in SA." Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk. Source: Business Day, 28-Feb-2011.