South Africa Airways resumes flights, emerges from bankruptcy
South Africa’s embattled national airline has flown its first plane since March 2020 after emerging from bankruptcy proceedings.
Once Africa’s second largest airline after Ethiopian Airlines, SAA had survived for decades on government bailouts and was shedding routes even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck.
According to source, an investigation into corruption at SAA has shown that at least $30 million in recent years had been misappropriated, including through links to irregular contracts:
Some have criticized the relaunch of the airline as an unnecessary “prestige project”.
Source: Al Jazeera