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There’ll be no more green in SA’s skies, and I’ve got the blues ...

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There’ll be no more green in SA’s skies, and I’ve got the blues about it

SA just got a lot less accessible considering collapsed Comair commanded about 40% of domestic air travel

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The collapse of an airline always feels like a step back into a less connected world, but the end of Comair, knocking out about 40% of SA’s domestic air travel, and leaving us with only the eternally ropy SAA and a shattered rail network, suddenly makes Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban feel awfully far away from one another.

At its best, economy class air travel is uncomfortable and tedious. At close to its worst, it can be exhausting and enraging. Many people who flew on Kulula or Comair-operated British Airways flights across SA will be able to tell you about cancelled flights, lost luggage and, in a few cases, emergency diversions and slightly-too-heavy white-knuckle landings.

These experiences, however, are not unique to Comair or SA, and I must confess that, for all the lumps and bumps, I will miss Kulula...

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