Fly Blue Crane engages in business rescue talks

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Fly Blue Crane airline. Photo: supplied.

The South African airline, Fly Blue Crane, has interrupted flight services to complete the business’s rescue procedures. This is according to the airline’s spokesperson, Bettina Mtetwa.

Passengers travelling between Johannesburg, Kimberley, Bloemfontein and Cape Town are most affected. Mtetwa says they are hopeful the airline will soon overcome its current financial distress in the light of President Zuma’s state of the nation address regarding transformation and Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment.

“We welcome that he wants to uplift black businesses, but we would like to see it being addressed; because we have approached different government funding schemes and they have not been fruitful.” 

Mtetwa adds that the airline was South Africa’s first majority black female-owned commercial airline in the country, yet has never gained any financial support.

Mtetwa rubbished allegations that passengers are not informed of the flights cancelations or not refunded.  Mtetwa says at this stage it has not been confirmed when the flights will be back on schedule.

Meanwhile, the airline is expected to present its business rescue plan to creditors in the next few weeks.

Katleho Morapela/ Courant News

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