GERMAN FIRM HELPING SWACAAA GET NEW AIRLINE
The Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority (SWACAA) has engaged a German consulting company to not only ascertain which routes locals could be interested in, but to also look for an airline that could be interested to service those routes. Lufthansa Consulting has, for the last few months, been assisting the authority in trying to get more traffic to land at the airport which has been operational for over two years. According to S WACAA Director General Solomon Dube, as part of the authority’s strategic plan there was a need for the development of a scientific air service plan which will utilise the King Mswati III International Airport and the board allowed t hem to hire t he services of Lufthansa. He clarified that the consultancy was not the airline. He said the consultants came to the country and advised them on what to do and they were currently on part two of the project, which is scouting for an airline. He said a team returned from Johannesburg on Wednesday and were yet to deliver their report to him on how deliberations had gone. He said Lufthansa, as part of their project, had formulated a study that could assist in identifying the exact type of airline that would be suited for the country. He said even though clients who used their services went to Johannesburg, they realised that there was a huge demand for destinations such as Durban, Cape Town and Harare as most connected to these destinations.
He said the preliminary discussions with a small South African airline were at infancy stage and it was up to the targeted airline to have advanced discussion with the look of coming to the country. He said during introductions to the yet to be named airline, the South Africans stated that they had previously had interest in coming to the country. Dube said their timelines were to the effect that the company was considering coming to the country with a view to commit and this should happen within the next six months. He said their association with Lufthansa has opened doors for them as they were to attend the Route World Forum in Spain where they will get to meet other airlines.