SA’s newest airline shuttle service is hoping to win enough business from tourists visiting safari lodges this holiday season to avoid the financial turbulence that has grounded many rivals. Plett Air Safaris is targeting wealthy foreigners who want to arrive at their safari lodges in style rather than drive through the Karoo to reach them. Captain Tertius Myburgh launched Plett Air Safaris a year ago and has three pilots working with him. The company is draining his bank account, but he says he has done the sums and believes it is a viable business. "I’m burning cash like you can’t believe. I know this is a three-year stint that I’m sitting with and I’m happy with that," Myburgh says. The airline has brought fresh business to Plettenberg airport with daily flights to Graaff-Reinet and to landing strips in the Kwandwe and Shamwari private game reserves in the Eastern Cape. It also flies from Graaff-Reinet to those game reserves three times a week.

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