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Airlines wait for 2010 draw to determine prices

Several airlines on Monday said they were adopting a wait and see approach with regards...

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Several airlines on Monday said they were adopting a wait and see approach with regards to ticket prices ahead of next year’s FIFA World Cup.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

SAA and Comair said they were waiting for the team draw before deciding on whether to increase domestic fares.

There were concerns ticket prices would skyrocket with international tourists able to afford them because of exchange rates.

SAA’s Vimla Maistry said some seats were already available.

“South African Airways has opened a small percentage of its seats available during the 2010 world cup for domestic travel, we will open up the remaining capacity in all markets as soon as the draw for match venues is complete on 4 December,” said Maistry.

Comair’s Heidi Brauer said prices would be based on demand.

“It is likely that fares will be more expensive than a typical June - July season. It is going to be treated as a peak season but fares are not finalised at this stage,” said Brauer.

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