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SA airlines struggling to meet domestic demand amid capacity shortage

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Local carriers are finding it difficult to meet demand in South Africa’s domestic airline sector due to a capacity shortage.

According to the CEO of Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), Mpumi Mpofu, the closure of domestic airlines such as Comair, SA Express, and Kulula.com has created a big hole in the industry (EWN).

According to Mpofu, the capacity shortage has led to fewer seats and increased ticket rates in addition to high jet fuel costs.

“So, when people book, they find the aircraft full. If we had had more, basically those places would have been taken up,” she added.

“I know a lot of people who took decisions not to fly because they were not sure whether capacity was going to be a constraint or not,” Mpofu said.

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