South Africa: The benefits of South African aviation are felt internationally

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is bearing the brunt of the suspension of Comair, the operator of British Airways, by the South African government.

CAJ News Africa can reveal that a conference organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for the bloc suffered a setback when some delegates stranded in South Africa finally canceled their trips to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Only delegates from Mauritius and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) joined their counterparts from Zimbabwe as dozens of members of the 15-member SADC bloc were stuck in South Africa.

The IOM event is a week-long workshop on the Ethical Recruitment Capacity Building Initiative in the Southern Africa region.

IOM is organizing the event in partnership with Southern African Migration Management, Africa Regional Migration Programme, with funding from the European Union (EU) and the United States (US).

“Airline cancellations are affecting all facets of the economy. Some delegates are stranded in South Africa after British Airways canceled some flights. Efforts are being made to reconnect them,” said Langton Ngorima, director at the Ministry of Civil Service, Labor and Social Affairs. Wellbeing in Zimbabwe.

He was addressing delegates at Friday’s meeting.

Tunde Omoyeni, IOM’s regional project coordinator for Southern Africa, finally addressed virtually from South Africa after failing to travel.

He was one of the keynote speakers, along with Zimbabwean Minister for Public Service, Paul Mavima.

“We made a booking with BA a week ago but they suspended flights and there is no flight to Victoria Falls,” Omoyeni said.

“It has been difficult for people wanting to travel and people wanting to attend our conference, so we are trying to find other ways to fly to Victoria Falls if that still helps,” he added.

Hotels are also counting their losses as they aimed to make the most of the conference to boost bookings.

The suspension of flights by Comair follows frequency reductions by other airlines serving Victoria Falls.

These include Ethiopian Airways and Kenyan Airways.

The majority of travelers to Victoria Falls pass through South Africa, particularly Oliver Reginald Tambo International Airport.

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has suspended Comair for safety reasons.

The regulator said that over the past month, Comair had experienced safety issues ranging from “engine failures, engine malfunctions and landing gear malfunctions, among others”.

The airline has issued an apology to customers, saying flights will remain affected until “we are certain that our license to operate has been restored”.

– CAJ News

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