SOUTH AFRICAN AIRPORTS OPERATOR ANNOUNCES REDUCED CHARGES FOR 2017

Cheaper air travel may be on the cards after Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), which operates the country’s airports, confirmed it will be lowering aircraft landing fees, aircraft parking fees and passenger service charges by 35 per cent from April.

Its chief executive officer, Bongani Maseko, said in a statement here Thursday that all role players in the industry could now have regulatory certainty.

ACSA, which reported a profit of nearly 2.0 billion Rand (about 146 million US dollars) for 2016, has a number of development initiatives in the pipeline, including the re-alignment of runways and terminal improvements at Cape Town International Airport.

Meanwhile , A South African Airways (SAA) passenger plane which experienced technical problems over New York on Wednesday night was set to return to Johannesburg late Thursday.

The aircraft had to dump fuel over the Atlantic Ocean before returning to New York’s JF Kennedy International Airport. SAA said in a statement that the plane experienced problems with its wing flaps.

Technicians have since fixed the problem. Passengers on social media say a similar incident took place a month ago with the same flight.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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