Competition Commission investigating Skywise's complaint against Acsa

The commission says a preliminary probe will determine whether the complaint merits a full investigation.

Skywise. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Competition Commission has confirmed it's launching a preliminary investigation into a complaint brought against Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) by budget airline, Skywise.

Skywise says Acsa's decision to ground the carrier during the busy month of Decembe r was an "abuse of dominance".

The airline was grounded early last month, because of unpaid airport charges, however, it says it lost out on more than R50 million in projected revenue.

The commission's Itumeleng Lesofe says a preliminary probe will determine whether the complaint merits a full investigation.

He says this could take up to a month.

"In terms of the Competition Act, dominant companies are prohibited from engaging in conduct that prevents other firms from entering or expanding the market. The Act also prohibits dominant firms denying other firms access to an essential facility if it is economically feasible to do so."

Skywise has also initiated legal action against Acsa.