SAA shambles forces foreign hunters to ‘aim elsewhere’
Scramble for a plan B is on after cancelled routes to PE and East London mean they can’t fly with hunting rifles
Foreign hunters who prop up the Eastern Cape’s lucrative wildlife ranch industry are deserting SA because SAA’s implosion has prevented them flying with their rifles to bush lodges.
Key stakeholders in the country’s R1.5bn-a-year wildlife sector said they were scrambling to make alternative plans for clients caught off guard by SAA’s cancellation in January of all domestic flights to the Eastern Cape and Durban.
SAA was the main transporter of firearms between Johannesburg and the two main Eastern Cape airports, Port Elizabeth and East London. Other domestic airlines do not have accreditation to transport firearms, nor flight schedules to accommodate incoming hunters...