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Skywise demands proof SAA hasn't defaulted with Acsa

The low cost carrier is now accusing Acsa of giving SAA special treatment instead of suspending it.

Skywise Airline. Picture: Skywise Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Skywise is demanding Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) prove that it's not covering up for South African Airways (SAA) for the non-payment of its airport charges.

Earlier this month, SAA's financial woes were put under the spotlight when an internal document warning the embattled airline to meet its commitments to Airbus and its creditors was made public.

Skywise is now accusing Acsa of giving the national carrier special treatment instead of suspending it.

The low-cost airline has been suspended indefinitely after it failed to negotiate terms of payment with Acsa over its outstanding debt.

Skywise co-chairperson Tabassum Qadir says she wants proof that SAA has not defaulted on its payment arrangements with Acsa.

"I want to understand that whether they did the same thing to South African Airways, they were not in arrears. Whether they had no arrangements to pay any arrears to them."

Qadir said it would only be fair to treat SAA the same way as Skywise but Acsa CEO Bongani Maseko says the company doesn't discriminate against any particular airline.

"We treat no airline client different. If there're arrangements that are made, we stick by those arrangements, if there's default to those arrangement then we take action."

Skywise is struggling to resume operations after it was grounded several weeks ago.

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