Comair has scrapped plans to pay a portion of employee salaries on unpaid leave as the airline battles a cash-flow crunch in the lockdown that has grounded all of its planes and triggered the possible winding down of state-owned rival SAA.

The owner of, which suffered its first annual loss in its 73-year history in the 2019 fiscal year, was already reeling from rising costs when President Cyril Ramaphosa imposed the 21-day lockdown more than three weeks ago, which has since been expended through the end of April...

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