Competition and economic stagnation coupled with the new visa requirements have put profits on ice for the airline.
A judge has granted an interim interdict to prevent a new, low-cost airline from operating, following an application by Comair and Skywise.
When Malusi Gigaba became minister of public enterprises, he told anyone who would listen he intended to keep a firm shareholder hand on the tiller.
Comair has launched a court application to compel government to consult with the aviation industry before awarding bailouts to SAA.
The liquidation of 1time has come as a shock to the executives of Fresh Air, which has had to ground budget flights linking Joburg and the Vic Falls.
Comair is going for the jugular of South African Airways in a court case seeking compensation of up to R124-million.
Durban's La Mercy Airport is at the heart of a disputed 133% increase in airport taxes, reports Lloyd Gedye.
The government has decided against selling Durban International Airport to Comair, media reports said on Wednesday.
SAA will have to face the Competition Tribunal again next week. The application by Comair against SAA will be heard from March 2 to 20.
Regional and local airline Comair said on Wednesday that its earnings were 43% down on the previous year, at R62-million.
The state-owned airline has received R20-billion in bail-outs in the past five years, reports Lynley Donnelly.
In order to pursue a civil claim for damages in the high court, regional airline Comair is seeking an order from the Competition Tribunal declaring that an incentive scheme for travel agents that was run by South African Airways (SAA) was a prohibited practice in terms of the Competition Act.
A number of kulula.com crew members went on a tongue-in-cheek swimming outing on Wednesday. The outing was an "act of defiance against the bizarre claim by the Labour Department that kulula.com doesn't hire crew who cannot swim", said Comair spokesperson Glenda Zvenyika.
South African stocks were weaker at noon on Wednesday with miners under pressure on retreating metal prices, but the session was quiet as most traders are still away on a long weekend break. At noon, the JSE's broader all-share index was down 0,46%, with the gold and platinum mining indices down 1,47% and 1,65% respectively.
Nationwide's aircraft will remain grounded until the airline has fixed deficiencies in its maintenance section, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on Friday. The CAA suspended approval for the airline's aircraft maintenance organisation from midnight on Thursday, said CAA chief executive officer Zakes Myeza.
A flight was cancelled and another turned back when planes experienced technical difficulties on Friday. A 7.30am kulula.com flight -- heading from Johannesburg to George -- was cancelled after a fault with the aircraft's public-announcement system was found, said Comair spokesperson Glenda Zvenyika.
A South African Airways (SAA) Express flight travelling on Tuesday between Cape Town and Namibia, which had to turn around due to technical difficulties, departed at 1pm, the airline said. "The aircraft was repaired," said SAA Express spokesperson Dileseng Koetle.
Low-cost airline kulula.com said on Tuesday it would know "in time" what caused the oil-pressure warning which led to a flight to Cape Town turning back to Johannesburg. "We are quite encouraged by the level of focus on safety issues in terms of domestic flights. It's a good thing," said Gidon Novick, joint CEO of Comair.