- South Africa's national carrier, South African Airways (SAA), will lay off 20 percent of its management, sell catering and booking-services units.
The carrier will also terminate its unprofitable or underperforming routes.
SAA management said the move is aimed at turning the carrier into a profitable venture, a key demand of the government. Between a year and 18 months, SAA officials believe the turnaround will earn them a profit of R2.7 billion.
The restructuring involves the unbundling into seven subsidiaries to be housed under an investment holding company.
The national carrier seeks outside partners for its cargo, technical and ground services divisions.
South African Airways has been making news over the months. It is currently inquiry the circumstances that led to the refusal of its flight to crew to return to services with a flight en route JFK international airport to Dakar. This cost the airline dearly as it was forced to provide accommodation for the stranded passengers in the United States.
Sexual harassment or abuse of low-ranking female staff by the managers had also made headlines in Africa’s leader and world’s 10th best airline.
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