Marizka Coetzer
3 minute read
17 Dec 2020
7:38 pm

Iata exposes public enterprises dept’s ‘lie’ about SAA pilots’ pay

Marizka Coetzer

The department had claimed that SAA pilots were the second-highest paid in the world, but the body representing airlines says it is not privy to airlines’ salaries and has not made any such comparison.

Picture: Neil McCartney

The department of public enterprises appears to have been caught out by the International Air Transport Association (Iata) in what seems to be a barefaced lie about how much SAA pilots have been earning. In a statement yesterday, Iata distanced itself from “the false assertion in a South Africa’s department of public  enterprises news release today that it had compared SAA pilots’ remuneration with those at other airlines”. “As an industry body, Iata represents, leads and serves the industry on matters of common interest, but it may not become involved in individual airlines’ commercial or employment affairs,” the organisation stated....