November 2022

November Jurisdictional Updates – South Africa

Updated provided by Haydn Davies with Webber Wentzel:

Ground handling licenses have been reduced from three to two at the primary state-owned South African airports because of reduced air traffic. However, Swissport will be in court on Monday or Tuesday to litigate this, saying the tender was not properly adjudicated. This will be some of the most significant aviation litigation this year.

The number of South African Airways flights is increasing, but this situation is still in limbo given that they are selling a majority of their shares to the private equity Takatso Consortium. It is important that the government ensure that this succeeds, given the commitments they’ve made to keep the airline going.

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