Winde wants meeting with SAA
The MEC says the tourism industry stands to lose millions by SAA's move to cut flights to Buenos Aires.
CAPE TOWN - South African Airways (SAA)'s decision to cut direct flights between South Africa and Buenos Aires in Argentina has dealt a major blow to the tourism industry, Western Cape Tourism MEC Alan Winde said on Tuesday.
Winde is now calling for an urgent meeting with SAA to discuss the matter.
Between 2009 and 2012, tourist arrivals from Argentina increased by about 25 percent.
Winde says the tourism industry stands to lose millions by SAA's move.
"I need to get to understand why they are doing this. We've seen this previously with the cutting of the London to Cape Town flight, which didn't make sense to me."
The national carrier has been hit by a number of problems over the past few years.
In 2012, SAA received an emergency loan to cover fuel costs, preventing the grounding of local and international flights.
The airline was also forced to elect a new board after chairperson Cheryl Carolus and six other members quit.