South Africa plans to launch a second national airline as part of its official plan in order to strengthen its position as a global logistics hub,” according to international news agencies and newspapers.
In this context, newspapers in South Africa quoted an official source who said during the presentation of the national strategy for transport and offices that the strategy aims to make South Africa the fifth largest country in the world in terms of air traffic, in addition to increasing. Number of destinations to more than 250 international destinations; And the launch of a new national carrier.
He added, in this very important context, that this new strategy, which also aims to "increase the capacity of the air cargo industry by doubling its capacity to reach 4.5 million tons." Al-Khalaf did not specify the date of the announcement of the new company.
South African Airways, the national carrier of South Africa, has been losing ground for years and faces increasing competition from regional airlines such as Air Australia or Air New Zealand, which have a wider network.
South Africa is pursuing an ambitious investment program as part of its efforts to diversify its multi-sector economy, in light of the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis, in order to get out of this current crisis.
According to Bloomberg News, South Africa plans to build a new airport in the near future, as the new airline will be discontinued, to accommodate foreign tourists and businessmen.