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Skywise legal team serves Acsa with summons

The low cost airline now claims that at the time of its grounding, it was actually not in arrears.

Earlier this month, Skywise suspended operations indefinitely after it was unable to meet its payment obligations with Acsa over outstanding airport tariffs. Picture: Skywise Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Skywise has confirmed its legal representatives have served Airport Company South Africa (Acsa) with a summons for what it said was a breach of contract.

Earlier this month, Skywise suspended operations indefinitely after it was unable to meet its payment obligations with Acsa over outstanding airport tariffs.

The low cost airline now claims that at the time of its grounding it was actually not in arrears.

Sykwise co-chairperson Javed Malik says Acsa's decision to ground them at a time when it was holding R1.9 million deposit means they were not in debt.

Malik says it's not true that Skywise was grounded for its commercial interests.

Acsa has refused to comment, saying its legal representatives are attending to the matter.

Meanwhile, travel booking website, Travelstart, says the suspension of Skywise's flights has had a big impact on ticket-holders who planned to go on holiday and budgeted for their getaways.

Travelstart's spokesperson Russell Jarvis says that in some cases, ticket-holders have been forced to make alternative arrangements at great cost.

"It depends on the amount of passengers traveling, but we've seen it run into thousands and on top of that, recovering costs are not just a cost of the ticket... Of course now they can't afford to fly because they can't afford another airline, to cancel accommodation plans and car hire."

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