South African low cost airline has requested help from the government in the form of “a reduction in the fuel levy and taxes to the aviation industry to reduce the significant cost of fuel”. Writing to the departments of transport, public enterprises and tourism CEO Blacky Komani has essentially asked for subsidization from the government, which has extending a R5bn lifeline to SAA that has left private airlines in the country seething. The letter also suggests a reduction in statutory levies imposed by Acsa, Air Traffic Navigation Services, the SA Civil Aviation Authority and the SA Weather Service.

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