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The Competition Commission is investigating three (yes, three, that’s all it takes) complaints that SA’s domestic airlines are overcharging since the collapse of Comair at the end of May.

Air travel expert and consultant Linden Birns tell Peter Bruce in this edition of Podcasts from the Edge that he doubts the investigation will find much to complain about.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has pushed the price of jet fuel to $151 a barrel, a full 78% higher than it was a year ago. What’s an airline to do?

As it is, with SAA a shadow of its former self, no SA Express, no Mango, no Kulula, no British Airways there’s about 35% less capacity domestically now, says Birns.

Yes, there might have been periods when our skies have been overtraded but whether there’s room for a new airline, or whether the current players add capacity, the fact is demand is growing.

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