Carina Koen
4 minute read
26 Jul 2020
6:06 pm

Get your car serviced… you may not be able to fly again

Carina Koen

Not only are the country's main airlines fighting for their lives, the vital aviation supporting industries like airports, air traffic management and weather services are also teetering on the brink.

SAA planes at OR Tambo International Airport, 14 November 2019. Picture: Neil McCartney

South Africans who have been dreaming of boarding a flight to an exotic holiday destination when the Covid-19 lockdown ends may just have to keep on dreaming, because the country's entire aviation industry is on the ropes and it's not inconceivable that it could "crash and burn". Apart from the devastation the pandemic has wrought on global aviation due to border lockdowns and other factors, the weakness of the local airlines also leaves regional airlines in a bother. National airline SAA has only five airplanes left after returning 36 planes to their leasing companies and putting nine planes up for...