With Lufthansa deal, country’s airline in limbo
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.