With Lufthansa deal, coun­try’s air­line in limbo

Sunday Observer - - NEWS -

With the coun­try hav­ing re­port­edly put aside E200mil­lion for the re­vival of the Royal Swazi Na­tional Air­ways Cor­po­ra­tion as well as E180 mil­lion to pay em­ploy­ees hired, there seems to be no hope in sight for the com­pany’s resur­gence from the ashes. The scope of work be­ing done by Lufthansa is the same as that which was done af­ter govern­ment took a de­ci­sion to re­vive the Na­tional Air­line in or­der to make use of the King Mswati III In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Ac­cord­ing to Prime Min­is­ter Sibu­siso Dlamini’s meet­ing with ed­i­tors in early this year, “The Royal Swazi­land Royal Swazi Na­tional Air­ways (RSNA) came with the pro­posal that we hire rep­utable con­sul­tants to as­sess the vi­a­bil­ity of re­viv­ing the air­line.” Just as the lat­est study, the first con­sul­tant hired stated that the coun­try would do well to be ser­viced by a 50-seater plane which would op­er­ate re­gion ally. There­after, an­other con­sul­tant was hired and the sug­ges­tions of a big­ger plane were made re­sult­ing in a plane be­ing leased with the pur­pose of ser­vic­ing areas such as Dubai, for the mostly peo­ple en-route to Asian coun­tries. Dur­ing the time the con­sul­tant was en­gaged, the coun­try leased a plane to ser­vice routes to be op­er­ated by the air­ways.

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