Swaziland seeking new aircraft

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore November 11, 2013 18:08

Swaziland seeking new aircraft

Solomon Dube, Director of the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority (SWACAA), has confirmed that the government is seeking to acquire new aircraft to service the country’s own proposed airline. The new airline wants a new 90- to 100-seater jet with a budget of E700 million.

Dube says the demand is there for a national airline from passengers in the country using foreign airlines: “They all demand that we have a national airline that will transport the many passengers they would be transporting from all over the world to Southern Africa,” he said. “They want us to distribute passengers from Europe to Sikhuphe Airport if they are travelling to places like Zimbabwe and Botswana for example,” he said.

“They tell us that they do not want their important passengers to be stranded in a Third World country and, therefore, if we want them to use our airport, we should also have a national airline which they would work with.”

Dube is considering buying an aircraft outright or leasing one for use on routes from Swaziland to Durban, Johannesburg or Cape Town. An aircraft could be acquired as early as from the next financial year, which begins in April 2014.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore November 11, 2013 18:08
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