Acsa: Skywise decision is in best interest of business

Acsa told Skywise it’s not in a position to accede to the airline's suggested payment terms.

FILE: The airline was grounded last week Wednesday because of unpaid airport charges. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) says its decision on Skywise is in the best interests and sustainability of its business.

Yesterday, Acsa CEO Bongani Maseko told Skywise co-chair Tabassum Qadir it is not in a position to accede to the low-cost airline's suggested payment terms for outstanding debt, as well as future charges.

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But Acsa's spokesperson Refentse Shinners does not want to get into a public discussion about a private business correspondence.

"We would like to keep it that way, where we liaise between ourselves and them as a client."

The airline was grounded last week Wednesday because of unpaid airport charges.

The Air Services Licensing Council is meanwhile expected to discuss the airline's situation during a meeting today.

CALLS FOR HELP

Skywise appealed to government to intervene in its dispute with Acsa shortly after the carrier was grounded last week.

It said it owed R4 million to Acsa and R4 million to the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS).

But Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said she wasn't getting involved.

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Last week, Peters referred Skywise back to Acsa saying government is not going to get involved in business decisions.

"This is a company-to-company arrangement. Let Skywise go back to Acsa and engage with them. Acsa has indicated that immediately when they have an agreement, Skywise will be back in the sky. Skywise's decision to be in the sky lies in their hands."

The budget carrier is looking for investors to come forward.